Get Straight on These Things
Do not write or do the following things:
Underline, boldface, italicize, or put in quotation marks your paper titles (unless something in the title belongs in italics like a book title)
Say "I feel" unless you want to emphasize the act of feeling. Think, believe, understand, know; but as a general rule, do not feel.
Use "quote" as a noun; say "quotation"
Use second person
Use the word "like" followed by a clause (subject and verb); say "as if" or "as though"; never say, "I feel like" + a clause
Use the same phrase at the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next
Say "other people," "people," "different people," "various people," "some people," "most people," "society"
Use plural pronouns with singular referents (e.g., one or somebody or anybody or everybody or everyone or a person talks about their background)
Talk about "the individual in today's society"
Say "based off of" (say "based on")
Use "that" when you refer to people (say "who" or "whom")
Use "story" to refer to a nonfiction essay (that is like calling a symphony a "song")
Be wordy: "Just because...doesn't mean that...."
Say "and stuff like that"
Say "or whatever"
Say "amongst" (say "among")
Say "in regards to" (say regarding, as regards, with regard to, or in regard to)
Split infinitives (e.g., "to truly identify")
Use "this" without a noun following it or twice in close succession (try not to use "this" more than once per paragraph)
Say, "If he would have begun [incorrect tense; use the pluperfect: had begun] differently he would have seen [correct tense] that it can be a good thing."
"Me and her," "Me and him," "Her and I," "Me and my dad" + a verb
Say "being that [something is the case]. . . ."
Use a regular pronoun before a gerund (you must use a possessive pronoun: e.g., MY going instead of ME going). See your handbook, page 226, section 24g, "Use the possessive case to modify a gerund."
Start a sentence with "Not only that but. . . ."
Put a colon after a form of "to be" or the word "include" (add "the following" after these verbs)
Use a singular verb with "data" or "media."
Write in second person ("you").
Start a paper with these words: "Since the beginning of time man or humans. . . ."
Fail to put "that" after verbs of cognition (know, believe, think, etc.).
Say "beg the question" when you mean POSE or RAISE the question. (Begging the question means conflating assumption and conclusion. It is a logical fallacy.)
Say "cannot help but" (it is a double negative). (Instead, say "cannot help + verb-ing.)
Say "time where" (where signals place; when signals time)
Get straight on the following things: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling
There vs. they're vs. their
Alter vs. altar
Your vs. you're
Maybe vs. may be
Affect vs. effect (each is a noun and a verb)
Accept vs. except
Conscious vs. conscience
A part vs. apart
Healthy vs. healthful
Its vs. it's vs. its' (one of these is not a word in English)
All together vs. altogether
Suit vs. suite
Whose vs. who's
Lead vs. led
Lie vs. lay (note: lie, lay, lain; lay, laid, laid)
Lend vs. loan
Definitely vs. defiantly
Chock-full, not chock full or chocked full
Closed-minded, not close-minded
All right, not alright
Granted vs. granite
Lose vs. loose
Where vs. wear
Aloud vs. allowed
Weather vs. whether
Beside vs. besides
Hear vs. here
Pass, past, passed
Overtime vs. over time
Outrages vs. outrageous
Border and boarder
About and amount
Anthology and anthropology
Affirm vs. a firm + noun
Quote (verb) vs. quotation (noun). Do not say "this quote."
Compared to vs. compared with
Implicate and implement
"This" may be used once per paragraph but only with a noun after it.
How to do a works-cited list
How to do titles of short prose works: "The Allegory of the Cave," "Self-Reliance," "'Indians': Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History"
How do to long texts: Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Moby-Dick, Mere Christianity
Always use present tense when referring to texts.
You must staple your papers! A stapler is required equipment for this class!
You must submit your papers to turnitin.com.