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English Usage Conventions in Writing - Chapter Summary
If you need help understanding English usage conventions in writing, you've reached the right place! Video lessons in this online chapter help you grasp active and passive voice, logical fallacies, sentence clarity and more. Take advantage of these resources to ensure you're able to:
- Explain the steps necessary to write well
- Discuss how writing with good diction helps develop style, tone and point of view
- Compare and contrast active voice and passive voice
- Define and describe first-, second- and third-person point of view
- Avoid faulty comparisons and write logical sentences
- Identify and avoid logical fallacies
- Share strategies for writing clear sentences
- Recognize and avoid 'mixed structure' sentences
Feel free to watch the lessons in this chapter as short videos, or scroll down to access full transcripts you can print or read online. Each lesson is paired with a mini-quiz you can take to check your understanding of the concepts it covers. Our practice exam offers a comprehensive review of English usage conventions in writing. If you develop questions while studying this chapter, be sure to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard.
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. 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.
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.
4. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person
Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.
5. 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.
6. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.
7. 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.
8. 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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