Top 5 Rules of English Grammar

Written by Rumki Sen

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Future Tense

Simple Future– I shall/ will speak Future Continuous – I shall/ will be speaking Future Perfect – I shall/will have spoken Future Perfect Continuous – I shall/ will have been speaking

Double Negatives – Two negative words create a positive meaning, which may be justrepparttar opposite of what you have intended to convey.

Wrong: I don’t have nothing to say.

Right: I don’t have anything to say.

Wrong: Tom couldn’t hardly believe what Jack said.

Right: Tom could hardly believe what Jack said.

Modifiers – Words that describe or limit other words are called modifiers. Adjective is a word or group of words that modifies a noun or pronoun, whereas Adverb is a group of words that modifies a verb, adjective or other adverb. Avoid misplaced and dangling modifiers.

Wrong: Thomas told her that he wanted to marry her frequently.

Right: Thomas frequently told her that he wanted to marry her.

Wrong: Nicole picked up a girl in a blue jacket named Agatha.

Right: Nicole picked up Agatha, a girl in a blue jacket.

Wrong: Walking acrossrepparttar 138328 busy street, a bus almost hit me.

Right: As I walked acrossrepparttar 138329 busy street, a bus hit me.

Usage – If you are going to use a word, you must know how to use it. Use simple words. Many people haverepparttar 138330 tendency to use big, difficult words while writing. Avoid fancy words and phrases when simpler ones conveyrepparttar 138331 idea. Omit unnecessary words. A piece of writing, containing long words strung together in complex sentences, turn out to be poorly written and not impressive. You will have fewer chances for grammatical errors if you can cut a word out which can be cut out.

Stuffy: I will make modifications inrepparttar 138332 document.

Simple: I will changerepparttar 138333 document.

Wordy: You should remember to consult your watch in order to keep a person from waiting for you when you have decided to meet him at a particular time.

Translation: Be punctual.

To conclude,repparttar 138334 more you rememberrepparttar 138335 basic rules of English Grammar and practice good writing,repparttar 138336 better your writings will be. The process is simple and easy. Keeping a good dictionary is essential in searching forrepparttar 138337 right word and finding outrepparttar 138338 actual meanings that will help you in selectingrepparttar 138339 right words. Usage of proper English Grammar and selectingrepparttar 138340 right words will make it more likely that your writings stand out fromrepparttar 138341 rest. So, keep enjoyingrepparttar 138342 process and keep writing.

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Poetry: Exploration And Experience

Written by Mary Diane Hausman

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Following are some simple ideas for exploring poetry and using your own experience to create a poem. If you’d like in-depth technical information on form and poetry structure, there is a brief list of recommended books atrepparttar end of this article.

* Practice using your voice by writing a poem about a life experience, a memory, a desire, or a belief.

* Write a poem about your name. You may do this in either a positive or negative light—whatever is meaningful to you. You may even pick a name you like and write a poem about that name, making it your own.

* Select a poem written by someone else; write your version ofrepparttar 137905 poem.

* Select two poems by different poets which containrepparttar 137906 same theme. Write a couple of paragraphs comparingrepparttar 137907 poems.

* In your own words explain what you think makes a “good” poem.

* Pick a topic you dislike and write a poem about it.

* Try writing song lyrics. Compare your lyrics to a poem you’ve written.

* Read some material on different structures of poetry (iambic pentameter, rhyme, sonnet, etc.). Write a poem withrepparttar 137908 same theme in each specific structure. Pick at least three different structures.

* Write a poem explaining poetic rhythm.

* Explore and write examples of lyric and narrative poetry.

Some books on poetry worth owning:

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

Inrepparttar 137909 Palm of Your Hand by Steve Kowit

How to Interpret Poetry by Laurie E. Rozakis

The Poetry Dictionary by John Drury

Exploringrepparttar 137910 ideas listed above may help open new doors for your writing. In addition to your poems being well crafted, they must be submitted regularly and extensively. Beatrepparttar 137911 odds with strong writing COMBINED with a powerful and tenacious submission strategy.

Mary Diane Hausman was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, and that experience provides a strong voice for her work. She teaches college level creative writing and poetry as well as public workshops. She has utilized Writer’s Relief Inc., an Author’s Submission Service, for ten years which frees her time to write. For more information, visit their web site at

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