Sunday, 26 March 2017
Tips for improving grammar and punctuation style
Writing is a part of communication. Communicating something to the public at large must be done with more of responsibility. A small mistake can lead to bad quality content. These small mistakes can be due to bad grammar or wrong use of punctuation style.
To avoid such mistakes in your essay, here are common mistakes that we make while writing. These mistakes should be avoided which will pave way for improving grammar and punctuation style.
1.Homonyms: Homonyms are part of the grammar which sounds similar with same spelling or pronunciation but different meaning.
Some of the examples of commonly mistaken homonyms are:
Which-referring to something
Witch-evil or unpleasant woman
Hare- an animal which resembles a rabbit
Hair-thread like strands which grow on mammals, humans
To- in the direction of
Too-i.something of higher degree
ii.something which is in addition to
Allowed: to permit
Deer: An animal
Dear: deep affection
Dye- to add color
Die- stop living
Principle-a fundamental truth
Principal-i. Most important
ii.a senior authority person
iii.sum of money invested
Heel-part of a human foot
Not- short substitute for negative clause
Knot-to tangle something
Apostrophes are part of the grammar which is used to show possession, to contract words, to indicate plurals of lowercase letters.
Example: I have my friend’s phone number.
If it is in the plural form, an apostrophe must be flushed to the right of the word.
Example: The countries’ laws
Case II- To contract words: Some of the words like cannot, should not can be contracted to shorter form such as can’t, shouldn’t
Case III-To indicate plurals of lowercase letters: Apostrophes must be used to indicate plurals of lowercase letters such as 1960s’ two cents’ worth etc.
3.Run-on sentences: A run-on sentence is a sentence where two or more independent clauses are joined without proper punctuation or conjunction.
We had brought the roses. They dried out soon.
We had brought the roses but they dried out soon.
4.Active voice: There are two types voices; active voice and passive voice. Active voice is preferred for most of essays which are to be written. Active voice will always add a tone to an essay and brings more reality to it than by using passive voice.
5.Semicolon: Semicolon is a type of punctuation mark which connects two independent clauses which makes a sentence more informative.
There must use of semicolons to separate each sentence so that they both together will give proper meaning.
6.Double negatives: Negations in the English language means something which is not positive. Using two negations in the same sentence can be a big mistake. Hence they must be avoided.
Example: I will not go out nowhere. (Incorrect)
I will not go out anywhere (Correct)
Such as close-up, far-off etc They must not be used in place of parentheses, commas.
8.Homographs: Some words which are pronounced same and written in the same manner but have a different meaning. Those are called homographs. Such words can easily confuse and create lots of problems in the write-up.
Example: Fast- to be quick
Fast- To abstain from something
Address- a place where one lives
Address-To give a speech
9.Ellipses: Ellipses are [. . .] dots used as a punctuation mark to omit the whole quotation representing missed lines from a sentence.
10.Comma splices: Comma splice is the conjunction of two independent clauses but without a coordinator.
My mother loves cooking, she prepared food for me. (Incorrect)
My mother loves cooking; she prepared food for me. (Correct)