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Unformatted text preview: It vs. There When you write, try to make sure it and there actually refers to something When these words are used as place holders it weakens the text and de-emphasizes the points being made. Active vs. Passive Voice Passive Voice: the object or goal functions as the subject not the doer. • The car was fixed by the mechanic. Active Voice: • The mechanic fixed the car. Semicolon • The package was due last week; it arrived today. • Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice. • In 1800, a traveler needed six weeks to travel from New York to Chicago; in 1860, the trip by rail took only two days. Colons Colons can introduce lists, the answer to the first part of the sentence, quotations. • The exercise routine included the following: biking, running, and swimming • Her roommate had two terrible qualities: noisy and messy....
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- Spring '08
- Writing, Passive voice, verb meaning, students Hyphen vs, fairly common Effect