11 Rules of Writing
1. To join two independent clauses, use a comma followed by a conjunction, a
semicolon alone, or a semicolon followed by a sentence modifier.
2. Use commas to bracket nonrestrictive phrases,
which are not essential to the sentence's meaning.
3. Do not use commas to bracket phrases that are
essential to a sentence's meaning.
4. When beginning a sentence with an introductory
phrase or an introductory (dependent) clause, include a comma.
5. To indicate possession, end a singular noun
with an apostrophe followed by an "s". Otherwise, the noun's form
6. Use proper punctuation to integrate a quotation
into a sentence. If the introductory material is an independent clause, add the
quotation after a colon. If the introductory material ends in
"thinks," "saying," or some other verb indicating
expression, use a comma.
7. Make the subject and verb agree with each
other, not with a word that comes between them.
8. Be sure that a pronoun, a participial phrase,
or an appositive refers clearly to the proper subject.
9. Use parallel construction to make a strong
point and create a smooth flow.
10. Use the active voice unless you specifically
need to use the passive.
11. Omit unnecessary words.
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