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Unformatted text preview: JTC100 Writing Tips Eleven Suggestions to Improve Your Writing Enhance your scores on class papers by avoiding these common problems. Keep these points in mind while reviewing your drafts. . **** 1. Avoid confusing its versus its . Its = possessive Its = contraction for it is If you can write it is for its , the contraction is the correct form. Correct : Its going to be a hot summer. (It is going to be a hot summer.) Correct : The dog chased its tail for hours. 2. Subjects and verbs should agree. A singular subject takes a singular verb. A plural subject takes a plural verb. Each, neither, every, everyone , and everybody take singular verbs. Students (and spell-checkers) get tricked by phrases that come between the subject and the verb, especially prepositional phrases like of the women in the example below. Students often mistakenly use plural verbs in these cases when singular verbs are needed. Wrong : Each one of the women are going to play on the team. Correct : Each one of the women is going to play on the team. 3. Avoid ambiguous pronouns. Students often use an ambiguous pronoun to refer to the subject of a sentence such as he , she or they. In the example below, who does they in the second sentence refer to?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course JTC jtc100 taught by Professor Lady during the Spring '08 term at Colorado State.
- Spring '08