These grammar resources can help you with the writing and editing process. Some are available for loan at the Library and the Writing Centre.
There are 12 main verb tenses in English and each serves a distinct purpose.
Transitions are used to help sentences, paragraphs, and ideas "flow" together. This allows for ease of reading and comprehension by a reader.
Conjunctive adverbs are commonly used as transitions that help sentences, ideas, and paragraphs flow.
The verb and the subject within a sentence must agree in number. Thus, a singular subject takes a singular verb and a plural subject takes a plural verb.
At its most basic level, a sentence is a sequence of words that conveys a complete thought.
Sentences that do not express a complete thought or do not have a subject and a verb are incomplete.
Repetitious expressions and redundancies are common in speaking and writing. For concision in academic writing, these should be eliminated.
Using single and double quotation marks.
Problematic punctuation marks.
Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. They provide a shortcut to avoid repeating any persons, places, or things.
Prepositions allow the noun or pronoun in the phrase to modify another word in the sentence.
Parallel structure is using a consistent format for each idea, whether words, phrases, or clauses.
Modifiers are describing words.
When composing any type of document, it is essential to edit and proofread the work in order to ensure that all ideas expressed are grammatically and structurally correct. This is especially important in university level papers, as clarity is one of the many important components involved in developing a persuasive argument.
A conditional sentence describes a condition that is necessary for a particular outcome to occur.
Some words and terms are often incorrect or used incorrectly in informal mediums.
Some words seem very similar but have extremely different meanings and uses.
The comma (,) is a punctuation mark used to separate information within a sentence.
A comma splice is a common writing error that occurs when two or more independent clauses in a sentence are incorrectly connected by a comma