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Phase Three

We will discuss Phase Three in class today using these approaches:

  1. The Top Twenty Errors in Undergraduate Writing
    by the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking at Stanford University
  2. Three Important Questions for any Sentence:
  • Is this sentence clear?
  • Am I making a clear argument rather than asking questions or providing sterile information?
  • Is the tone of this sentence academic?

     3. Five Keys to More Effective Editing:

  • Reduce wordiness
  • Reduce pronouns and replace with more specific words
  • Reduce use of “to be” verb constructions
  • Focus attention on sentence completion issues (fragments, run ons, and comma splices)
  • Rebuild sentences that start with There, It, or That

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