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Ch 14: Conventions in Writing: Effective Usage

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Review effective writing conventions with this convenient online English composition chapter. Study these lessons at any time to boost your writing skills, get ahead in English class, improve an essay or bring up your grades.

Conventions in Writing: Effective Usage - Chapter Summary

If you need to improve your understanding of effective writing conventions, take a look at this collection of helpful English composition resources. The chapter contains short lessons that are designed to help you strengthen your writing skills, develop a unique writing style, write with clarity, use correct sentence structure and much more. The chapter comes with self-assessment quizzes to reinforce your understanding of these writing conventions. You can access the chapter at any time and submit questions to our instructors if you have any. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Understand the components of quality writing
  • Write with good diction
  • Develop style, point-of-view and tone in your writing
  • Differentiate between the active and passive voices
  • Avoid faulty comparisons and write logical sentences
  • Achieve clarity in your sentences
  • Recognize proper sentence structure and avoid sentences with mixed structure

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Conventions in Writing: Effective Usage
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How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

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.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

2. 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.

Active and Passive Voice

3. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

5. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

6. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

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