Writing Tips

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Here is a growing collection of writing tips, which will be organized in time for the Persuasive Writing course that begins January 26, 2012. (Signups are welcome here.)

  • When referring to people, use "who" rather than "that" or "which". Example usage:
  • Wrong: "It was a liberal that lied to the American public."
  • Right: "It was a liberal who lied to the American public."
  • When using the word that means "let go" or "give up," do not confuse the prefix "fore" (with an "e") with "for". Example usage:
  • Wrong: "Do not forego an opportunity to correct a Democrat's twisted self-centered view of the world."
  • Right: "Do not forgo an opportunity to correct a Democrat's self-centered view of the world."
  • When using the possessive "its", do not include an apostrophe:
  • Wrong: "The dog carried it's bone to the backyard."
  • Right: "The dog carried its bone to the backyard."
  • Use puns and clever wordplay to subtly change viewpoints:
  • Wrong: "The mainstream media failed to report on Democrat corruption."
  • Right: "The lamestream media failed to report on Democrat corruption."
  • Right: "Has New Jersey become the 'Sheeple State'?" (From our very own Main Page!)
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