Tag: grammar

Tense and Tense Shifts

Tense problems are among the more distracting errors we find with the writing of inexperienced writers. It is often difficult to determine when to use the present tense of verbs and when to use the past tense of verbs. As…

Coordination and Subordination

After you edit your sentences to make them more concise, the next step will be to combine ideas that are best considered in a single sentence. (For example, the previous sentence originally may have been “Edit your sentences to make…

Sentence Structures

A sentence consists of a subject (noun phrase) and a predicate (verb phrase). When a sentence includes one noun phrase and one verb phrase, we call it a simple sentence. Often, however, we will want to combine ideas into a…

Accessing and Using Exercise Central (Online Quiz)

The following screencast will walk through the steps for creating an account at the St. Martin’s Handbook companion web site and using Exercise Central to hone your editing and proofreading skills. As always, feel free to me with me with…

Coherence and Development

You will want to download and print the Levels of Detail handout for the second half of the lecture. Doing so will allow you to label each level of detail as you follow along.