Essay Tips: Writing glossary and terms
This writing glossary is a work-in-progress so various terms will be added along the way. Either way, I hope this will help you in your essay/term paper writing.
Here are some to get us started:
... in subject-verb agreement: an error occurs when a subject doesn't match up correctly with the verb, i.e. when the subject is singular and the verb is plural or vice versa.
Sarah's took out the bucket and spade that was in her trolley. (INCORRECT) Sarah took out the bucket and spade that were in her trolley. (CORRECT)
This is when you take someone else's ideas and you do not give them the credit.
It happens a lot and even more so now that the internet is so information-based. If, in your research process, you have not adequately noted where you located a piece of information so as to cite it appropriately, just don't use it. It's not worth it. Not only will it discredit what you write but yourself as a writer.
A bibliography is a listing of sources of works you cite throughout your writing and these are written in a specific format. It is also referred to as a Works Cited reference page.
Use an apostrophe before an "s" to indicate possession (it belongs to someone).
For ownership of a plural subject, put the apostrophe after the "s".
The children's raincoats.
There are 3 times you would use a colon:
1. to introduce a quote
2. to introduce a list
3. to set up a clause that answers the first.
A direct quote is word-for-word from the author or source and usually only uses a narrow source or a direct quote. It starts with a signal phrase to let the reader know that a quote is coming.
Example: "According to <Name>, "___________". OR <Name> says that "___________".
Taking the original text and putting it into your own words.
It's usually shorter than the original material.
Be careful not to lose the original meaning being paraphrased.
If you change only a few words then it's plagiarism.
No signal phrase is required when you paraphrase.
A Mixed Quote
Uses a combination of a direct quote and paraphrasing.
I hope you find this guide helpful. Do you have something you think can improve this guide? Let me know in the comments below.