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Word Use & Expressions in Writing - Chapter Summary
Brush up on word use and expressions in writing with short lessons. This chapter is composed of illuminating online videos and quizzes that are designed help you review related subjects like the types of tones in writing, characteristics of an active and passive voices as well as others. You will also study the following subjects in this chapter:
- Ways to write effectively
- Definition of syntax in writing
- Ways to determine wrong word use
- Identification of errors in adjectives, nouns, comparison, and parallelism
- Determination of errors in coordination, subordination, and negation
- Structure and its impact on meaning
- Types and examples of writing style
- Ways to utilize good diction for the development of style and point-of-view
These video lessons can be watched online 24/7, or you can print out your quiz results and the included worksheets for offline study purposes. The instructor-delivered videos are short, fun to watch, and easy to understand. Written transcripts contain important terms. Receive additional support by interactively submitting your relevant questions to the experts.
1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
2. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples
Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.
3. How to Identify Wrong Word Use
Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.
4. How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement
All sentences must have agreement. But what does that mean? How do you make words agree? Watch this video lesson to learn the answers to all your questions on agreement.
5. How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism
Ever write something that sounded just a bit off? You might be making simple errors with comparison, correlation and parallelism. Watch this video lesson to learn about these concepts and how to avoid misusing them.
6. How to Identify Errors in Coordination & Subordination
Watch this video lesson to learn how to expand the sentences in your writing to create much more complex works using two methods: subordination and coordination.
7. How to Identify Errors in Negation
Negation is an extremely important aspect of all communication. But what is it? Watch this video lesson to learn not only the meaning of negation, but how to avoid making common errors in your writing.
8. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
9. Different Types of Tones in Writing
It's not always about what we write, but how we write it. In this lesson, we will learn all about the different kinds of tone and how to make sure that your written words achieve their desired effect.
10. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples
What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.
11. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
12. Active and Passive Voice
No one likes a passive person, so why should you write in the passive voice? You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice' You may have even been told not write in the former. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to cludgy passive sentences into bright, active ones.
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