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Using abbreviations

CACA by Jason Eppink, Attribution License

  • When should I use an abbreviation?
  • Can I use abbreviations in tables and figures?
  • Are abbreviations written with periods?
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Writing Mechanics

Using punctuation graphs

Punctuation graphs were described by Perlman and Erickson (1983). They are an interesting way to look at the structure of your writing and may be a useful way to visualise problems. 313 more words

Academic Writing

Em dashes

Dash by Meade, Attribution License

You have probably come across em dashes before. A em dash is a long dash that is used to give emphasis to phrases. 98 more words

Writing Mechanics

Serial commas

Eden Project – Driftwood Horse by Ian Burt, Attribution License

Using a comma after the last word in a list—before you write the word “and”—may seem unnecessary or even incorrect. 73 more words

Writing Mechanics

Content preening

Pelican Preening by Bill Gracey, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

A key piece of advice in this post by Faye Hicks is “Before you include any sentence, paragraph or section in your document, consider why it is there.” This is a very important point and Fay illustrates it with a good example of how not to write a methods section. 70 more words

Writing Mechanics

The Dos and Don'ts to Dialouge Tags

by Ryan Lanz

Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. 954 more words


On Allowances for Dialect

Originally written for WRIT2250: Writing– Grammar, Syntax, and Style in 2014 as one of three discussions of grammatical concepts.

While talking with my father last week, I heard him use a phrase that I hadn’t heard used in a very long time:

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