Do not write the following things:
- Underline, boldface, or italicize titles
- "I feel" unless you want to emphasize the act of feeling
- "Quote" as a noun; say "quotation"
- Like followed by a clause (subject and verb); say "as if" or "as though"
- The same word or phrase at the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next
- "Other people," "people," "different people," "various people," "some
- Plural pronouns with singular referents (e.g., one or somebody or a person
talks about their background)
- That when you refer to people (say "who" or "whom")
- "Story" to refer to a nonfiction essay (that is like calling a symphony a
- "Just because...doesn't mean that...."
- "...and stuff like that"
- "...or whatever"
- Split infinitives (e.g., "to truly identify")
- "This" without a noun following it or twice in close succession
- "If he would have begun [incorrect tense; say: had begun] differently he would
have seen [correct tense] it can be a good thing."
- "Me and her," "Me and him," "Her and I" + a verb
Get straight on the following things:
- There vs. they're
- Your vs. you're
- Maybe vs. may be
- Affect vs. effect
- Comma splices
- Dangling modifiers
- How to do a Works Cited list
- How to do titles of short prose works: "The Allegory of the Cave,"
- How to do titles of book-length prose works: The Souls of Black Folk,
In a Different Voice
- Note: "From" signals that a text is an excerpt; it is not part of the
- Present tense when referring to texts
- You must staple your papers! A stapler is required equipment for
- You must submit your papers to turnitin.com.