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Capitalisation and abbreviations

Capitals Capitals are often overused, but they are actually rarely needed outside of the main functions of beginning sentences and identifying proper nouns. When referring to generalised titles, it is …

Apostrophes

The apostrophe has two main jobs: to create contractions and to signify possession. To focus the discussion on apostrophes, only the common mistakes will be discussed. There are often questions …

Why writing well matters

Writing well matters because it communicates your professional identity. Whether you are writing reports, proposals, emails, or texts, the way you construct sentences, use tone, and adhere to grammar conventions …

Theory of essay structure

How you structure any piece of written communication will influence how your reader receives it. A well-structured essay/email/proposal will help the reader follow your line of thinking and follow the …

Em dash, en dash, and hyphen

There is a misconception that the hyphen is used for everything because it is the only dash on the keyboard; however, the em dash, en dash, and hyphen all have …

Subject-verb agreement

Subject-verb agreement means that the subject and the verb agree with one another in number. The subject and its verb must be either both singular or both plural. For example, …

Fewer versus less and amount versus number

What are the usage rules when using “fewer” and “less”, “amount” and “number” in a sentence? Believe it or not, the rules are simple. A good place to start is …

Which versus that

When to use “which” and when to use “that”. The key between knowing when to use “which” or “that” is knowing the difference between a restrictive and non-restrictive clause. A …

Examining oral communication

Watch the Ted Talk given by Wendy Suzuki below to examine how these conventions are applied to an oral presentation. There is a transcript in the Downloads section also. While …

Tone

Tone is the attitude behind the writing, and it gives more context to the words used by conveying the writer’s mood. It can reveal intention or hide it, and it …

Voice

Voice is a component of style because it is how you present yourself to the reader and how your personality is captured in your communication. Each of us have a …

Introduction to style

Writing style is the unique way a writer communicates with words. Style is created with two main elements: voice and tone. However, the way you use grammar, spelling, and structure …

Sentence types

Watch this video to understand the different sentence types. This knowledge is essential for properly understanding punctuation.