Owl Editing

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Archive for October 2013

The Active Voice

The active voice is direct and vigorous. In grammar, passive describes a sentence in which something sits and waits for something to happen to it. With passive sentences, you sound like someone who sits and waits for things to happen. PASSIVE: The ball was kicked by John. ACTIVE: John kicked the ball.  

Proper use of articles

The root word of “the” is “this” or “that” (definite article). The root word of “a/an” is “any” (indefinite article). This table shows how the articles should be used with nouns:   SINGULAR NOUN PLURAL NOUN DEFINITE ARTICLE the the INDEFINITE ARTICLE a/an -

A common error in writing: nominalization

Nominalization is changing a verb into a noun. When you change a verb to a noun, you take the strength away from the sentence. For example, “to conclude” is a specific act but if you are “reaching a conclusion” you’ve eliminated the specific action and replaced it with an all-purpose verb. Instead of “concluding,” the… (read more)