Up to Snuff #80: What’s what in writing?
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
(Extracted from “A Pocket Style Manual,” By Diana Hacker, Table of Contents)
Clarity-tightening of wordy sentences, preference for active verbs, repairs dangling modifiers, provide sentence variety, find appropriate voice
Grammar-Make subjects and verbs agree, other problems with verbs, use pronouns with care, use adjectives and adverbs appropriately, repair sentence fragments, revise run-on sentences, review grammar concerns for multilingual writers
Punctuation-the comma, semicolon and colon, apostrophe, quotation marks, other marks
Mechanics-capitalization, abbreviations, numbers and italics, spelling and the hyphen