Writing

Paragraph writing tips

September 20, 2011

A paragraph is the smallest unit of prose composition. It may be defined as a group of sentences relating to a single topic. Every form of prose composition (e.g. letters, essays, stories) should be divided into paragraphs. A paragraph may be long or short. There are no rules regarding the size of a paragraph. Tips […]

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Precis-writing

December 7, 2010

A precis is a summary. Precis writing is an exercise in compression. A precis is the gist of a passage expressed in as few words as possible. A precis should give all essential points so that anyone reading it will be able to understand the idea expressed in the original passage. Note that precis writing […]

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Contractions

December 6, 2010

The forms like I’ve, don’t etc. are called contractions. There are two kinds: Auxiliary verb + not can’t (= cannot) wouldn’t (= would not) shouldn’t (= should not) won’t (= will not) haven’t (= have not) isn’t (= is not) You shouldn’t do it. I can’t come. He won’t go. Noun / pronoun / etc […]

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Abbreviation, Acronym and Initialism

October 25, 2010

Abbreviation The label abbreviation refers to the practice of writing a word or phrase that could also be written out in full using only the letters of the alphabet. Examples are: Mr for mister, Dr for doctor and Capt for captain. In British English full stops are uncommon after abbreviations that contain the first and […]

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Semicolon, Colon and Interrogation mark

June 22, 2010

Semicolon (;) The semicolon represents a longer pause than the comma. It is used to separate the clauses of a compound sentence, when they contain a comma. He was a simple, unassuming man; yet we all respected him. Note that the semicolon is usually followed by conjunctions like and, but, yet or or. The semicolon […]

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The Full Stop and Comma

June 19, 2010

Punctuation is the right use of stops in a sentence. The following are the principal punctuation marks in English. Full stop (.) Comma (,) Semicolon (;) Colon (:) Interrogation mark (?) Exclamation mark (!) Inverted commas or Quotation marks (”) The full stop The full stop represents the longest pause. It is used: a) at […]

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