Professor Birtchett's Handbook

 

Resources for Addressing Some Common Writing Issues Related to SWE Usage

Editing Worksheet

Prepared by Professor Birtchett

Adjectives

 

Adverbs

 

 

Apostrophe

·       http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/ppt/apostrophe.pps

Articles: Definite and Indefinite

·       http://www.epcc.edu/Portals/230/PowerPoint/UseOfDefininteIndefiniteArticles.ppt

 

Personal Pronouns in Academic Writing

 

·       http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/academic/2div.html

·       http://www.blinn.edu/brazos/humanities/writingcenter/Handouts/Formal%20Academic%20Writing.pdf

Awkward Sentences

·       http://www.people.stfx.ca/ldevilli/awkward%20sentences.ppt

·       http://www.merrimack.edu/about/offices_services/purchasing/Documents/AvoidingAwkwardSentences.pdf

Capitalization

·       http://xnet.rrc.mb.ca/leshanson/Hot_Potato/Grammar_PPT/Capitalization.ppt

 

Comma Splice

·       http://www.daltonstate.edu/esl/Comma%20Splices.ppt#257,2

 

Conditional Tense

 

·       Will vs. Would  http://www.differencebetween.net/language/difference-between-would-and-will/

 

Conjunctions

 

·       http://handbook.grammarly.com/grammar/conjunctions/7/starting-a-sentence-with-a-conjunction/

 

 

Consistency of Verb Tense

·       http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

·       http://www.english-room.com/pasttense_6a.html

 

Contractions – Avoid in Academic Writing

 

·       http://www.supaproofread.com/documents/informal-contractions.pdf

 

Coordinating  Conjunctions

 

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/01/

·       http://faculty.mckendree.edu/writing_handouts/Punctuation/andbut.htm

 

Dangling Modifiers

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/597/01/

·       http://www.towson.edu/ows/exercisedmm.htm

·       http://aliscot.com/bigdog/dmmm_exercise.htm

 

Helping Verbs

·       http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/verb/1htest.htm

Infinitives

·       http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/eoimarisa-76679-ing-or-infinitive-grammar-inginfinitive-education-ppt-powerpoint/

·       www.ekof.bg.ac.yu/.../1115Passive%20+%20infinitive%20-%20za%20sajt.ppt

·       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinitive

 

Informal Language

 

·       http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Colloquial-(Informal)-Writing

·       http://fillingthegap.slo.nl/materiaal/building_knowledge/Booklet_formal_vs_informal_English.pdf/

 

Irregular Verbs

 

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/605/01/

Missing Words

·       http://www.world-english.org/missing_words.htm

·       http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-28786.php

 

MLA CITATIONS

·       http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/within/mla.html

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/06/

 

Participles

·       http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/participle.htm

·       http://www.towson.edu/ows/exerciseparticiples2.htm

 

Past Tense Verbs

 

·       http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/grammar/tenses.html

Point of View Shift

·       http://www.ehow.com/video_2261523_choosing-which-person-write-nonfiction.html

·       http://instructor.mstc.edu/instructor/mkleckner/appropriate_shifts.html

 

Prepositions

·       http://www.arts.uottawa.ca/writcent/hypergrammar/preposit.html

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/594/01/

·       http://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/prepositions_ending_a_sentence.htm

Participles, Past and Present

·       http://www.trinity.edu/MSTROUD/GRAMMAR/gerund.htm

·       http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/participle.htm

Pronoun Reference Confusion

·       http://rlsimmons.blogs.com/enc1101/files/proref.ppt

·       http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/aSGuest513-92875-pronoun-ch08ppt-entertainment-ppt-powerpoint/

 

Proofreading Exercises

 

·       http://www.glencoe.com/sec/writerschoice/pp/hslessons/grade9/index.shtml

 

Run-on Sentences

·       http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm

·       http://www.myenglishteacher.net/runonsentences.html

Semicolon

·       http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/04/

Sentence Fragment

·       http://www.lincoln.edu/mhs/owl/powerpoints/avoiding%20fragments.ppt

Spelling

·       http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html

·       http://www.esldesk.com/vocabulary/misspelled-words

·       http://homeworktips.about.com/od/improvingyourgrammar/a/spelling.html

“S” missing on plural nouns

·       http://classroom.jc-schools.net/la/activities/PluralSing-Nouns.ppt

Subject/Verb Agreement

·       http://classroom.jc-schools.net/la/activities/verb-subjagree.ppt

 

Subjunctive Mood

 

·       http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm

·       http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/subjunctive_mood.htm

 

Tentative Language

 

·       http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091016185512AAoDSd5

·       http://www.unisa.edu.au/ltu/students/study/writing/documents/Using_tentative_language.pdf

 

Transitions

 

·       http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/trans1.html

·       http://www.virtualsalt.com/transits.htm

·       http://www.bergen.edu/library/learning/english/exercises/transitions1.htm

 

Verb Tense

 

·       http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/grammar/tenses.html

 

Wordiness

 

·       http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=525

·       http://projects.uwc.utexas.edu/handouts/?q=node/18

 

Wrong Word Choice Exercises

 

·       http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/CommonMistakes.htm

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