September 3, 2019 at 12:52 pm #4878
Saket Kumar SinghKeymaster@saket
Write your main takeaways from the class “Common Grammar Mistakes.” Don’t refer to or get influenced by what and how others have written. Rather, recall the concepts discussed in the class and write them in your words. Focus on key concepts or things you learned and how you will implement the same to transform your writing style.
Don’t use bullet points. Write in paragraph form. Your content should have at least 150 words.
All the best!
September 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm #4940
Key Takeaways From Class Held On 24th August 2019
Common Grammar Errors
The content should be original.Certain rules should be followed to make the content better.
Avoid Wordy sentences.Quality of sentences should be retained.No complicated terminology should be used.Write core concept.Shorten it,make it crisper,don’t use empty words.Good writing is dense and concise.Don’t kill the richness and expressiveness just to shorten the sentence.To make the sentence impactful,certain phrases and constructions should be avoided.Examples—due to,in spite of,for the purpose of,in the near future,in my personal opinion.Use active voice.The context should be meaningful and qualitative.
Avoid Awkward Sentences.Read out aloud.Develop an ear for hearing.More methodical way to fix awkward sentences is by identifying subject and verb.Then choose the noun.Ask questions about the core subject,the action verbs.Try to choose a strong action verb and not a ‘be’verb.Action verbs give trigger,make you feel and give impulse.
Avoid Intensifiers and Qualifiers in awkward sentences.Intensifiers add weight to a sentence or intensify it.Examples—really,very,so.Qualifiers indicate the limits of your claim.Examples–probably,occasionally,might,in some cases,for the most part,somewhat.
We should avoid ‘to be’ verbs such as-is,are,was,am.being and been.These verbs only act like an equals sign,linking one part of the sentence to the next.Choose to convey action and detail rather than the state of being.
Avoid Passive Voice Constructions.It is a backward sentence that focuses on the recipient too much rather than on the doer of the action.Determine what the real subject is and what it is doing,then reword accordingly.
Avoid unnecessary Helping Verbs like be,have.
These verbs stay hidden in sentences because they are converted into nouns.For incorporating hidden verbs,writers need additional verbs to impart sense to their sentence.
Capitalization—Where to use?
Capital letters are to be used—in case of first letter,direct quotations or dialogues,major words in titles,cities,countries,languages,nationalism,companies and national parties,racial,social and ethnic groups,academic subjects,proper nouns,particular periods,eras,historical events with proper names,days,months,holidays,locations(in case of particular locations.
Exceptions–names of seasons like winter,summer etc.,centuries and numbers before them.
Where not to use?
The first word after a colon except when a proper noun follows a colon.
Parallel Structures or Parallelism
To maintain clarity,words or phrases in a list should be in a similar or parallel form.This problem often occurs in case of Resumes and reflects poorly on the applicant.
A modifier is a clause, phrase or word that describes another word,phrase or clause.Many times writers use modifiers incorrectly,leading to strange and unintentionally funny sentences.There are two types of modifiers—Misplaced and Dangling.It becomes very difficult for the reader to read smoothly.Misplaced modifier is placed too far from the word it modifies making the sentence awkward and confusing. Dangling modifier is a word,phrase or a clause that describes something that has been out of the sentence.When there is nothing that a word,a phrase or a clause can modify the modifier is said to dangle.
September 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm #4978
keys take away from class 8 September 2019 on the topic of common grammar errors.
To make a content original and meaningful we should follow certain rules.
Avoid wordy sentences, cutdown unnecessary words,there should not more than 18 words in a sentence. While reducing words be careful about not cutting down any expressiveness of the content. Be sure about the quality of words, not the quantity. To become an enriched writer remove unwanted words.
Focus on verbs as verbs are engine of sentences. To be verbs – are, is, was, were , am, being do not convey any action. We can use better verbs other than these to be verbs. Avoid unnecessary helping verbs, find and Remove hidden helping verbs.
Use more Active Voice as it make the sentence shorter, crisp and impactful. capitalization is a must as it makes content professionally appealing. The parallel structure of a sentence is important as it gives readability to the content. In parallel we do nothing but make consistency in the verb forms, voice and tense.
Then we come to modifiers which means some words in a sentence can be modified with other words. There are two types of modifier first Misplaced modifiers where the words are placed too far from the words its modifies. Another is dangling modifier in which any clause, phrase, or word has been left out of the sentence.
We had also learnt the use of Hemmingway app and Grammarly to make our content more meaningful and impactful.
We had also done numerous exercise to learn these rules of common grammar mistake and not to repeat it in our content.
All in all the class taught us the basic grammar things which are very common but we avoid it or do mistakes in.
September 11, 2019 at 11:33 pm #5013
Key takeaways from the lecture 2
The class stared with the introduction of the students as it happened in the first class. The new instructor introduced herself as Malika and said that she will be teaching half our classes. The lecture started on common grammatical mistakes we make while writing the content.
The first topic we learnt was about avoiding the use of wordy sentences. The wordy sentences can be defined as over and unnecessary use of words which do not have the property of contributing to the expression and meaning of the sentence. These types of wordy sentences make the meaning monotonous and tiring. Redundant words, Liking phrases and use of qualifiers should be avoided.
Second came the awkward sentences which makes the content boring and tedious. These are confusing and awkward sentences which do not imply any concrete meaning to the readers. To fix the problem of awkward sentences we should read the sentence aloud, identify subject and verb, use action verb. There are use of intensifiers in the awkward sentences which weaken the idea of writing well.
Verb power turned up as another term. it can bring major shift in our writing . Here we learnt that we should abstain from using ‘to be’ verbs. It is action verb which generates value in the sentence and makes the sentence interesting. We have to convey the details using action verbs as simply indicating a state of being makes the sentence uninteresting. The use of passive verbs should be avoided. our focus should be mainly on using active voice. unnecessary use of helping verbs should be cut down. Using simple tense instead of perfect tense makes our content meaningful and to the point . Avoid unnecessary hidden verbs-nominalization as it makes the sentences unnecessary longer.
Capitalization is another thing which we should take care of. The things which should be capitalized are first letter of the sentence, direct question, titles, the name of cities, countries, language etc.
The fifth thing we learned maintaining parallel structure. All the parts of the sentence should be in the same form as the first one. Uniformity between the voice, structure, tense should be maintained.
The sixth topic we went through was about use of unnecessary modifiers. The modifiers may be in the forms of clause, phrase or word that qualify another word. There are two types of modifiers. The first is dangling modifier and the second one misplaced modifier. Misplaced modifier is placed too far from the word it modifies. The dangling modifier is word, phrase or clause that describes something which has been left out of the sentence.
September 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm #5016
The second class of ECT BATCH-24 was taken by Mallika on 8th Sept.2019.The topic of the class was- Common Grammar Errors. Mentioned below are the key takeaways from that class: First, we learnt about ‘Wordy Sentences’and its definition. We were also taught about the ‘ Linking Phrases’ and the Redundent sentences. Mallika advised us to cut down on Linking Phrases and avoid Redundent sentences, as and when it is possible. Next, we learnt about the Akward sentences and how to fix them. We were also told about the intensifiers in Akward sentences. We need to remove the intensifiers in any sentence, which can weaken our writing.
After that, we got to know about the Qualifiers. Our trainer briefed us that Qualifiers are often appropriate and necessary, but too many of them makes the writing sound wishy-washy. So, we must remove the Qualifiers as well in any sentence, if not needed. Next, we learnt about verbs. We must avoid the ‘ to be’ verbs and the passive voice constructions in any sentence. Also, the unnecessary helping verbs and hidden verbs needs to be avoided. Next topic in our discussion was of- Capitalization, ie- use of capital letters in a sentence. We learnt that while addressing mom, dad, grandpa as proper nouns, we have to use capital letters. Also, saw cases when not to capitalize like in the case of all diseases, seasons/centuries, first word after a colon etc.
Next, we got to know about the parallel sentence structure and the importance of it in any composition. In the last section of the class, the discussion shifted towards-Modifiers and its types. We learnt that there are two types of Modifiers, namely- Misplaced Modifier and Dangling Modifier.
All in all, it was a good learning for me, and I learnt quite a few new things related to grammar in the very second class of content marketing at ECT!
September 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm #5020
Our second class was about common grammatical errors. These are the key takeaways of the class.
This class was taken by Mallika Ma’am on 8th of September. We were told about the grammatical errors commonly done by most of the writers. We were also informed about few things while writing a content.
Firstly we learnt about Wordy Sentences. Wordy sentences are those which contain empty words.It does not mean that a sentence containing many words are bad but the stress was on the avoidance of unnecessary words. Here quality of the words are usually emphasized and not the quantity.Good writing should be dense, crisp, concise and to the point. In fiction writing wordy sentences are still allowed but it is avoidable in business writing and while writing blogs.
Next we learnt about Linking phrases. Although Linking Phrases are used to bring good influence over your statement but it is avoidable where producing a clear and crisp content is the target.Redundant words too are avoided in a content. Use of introductory sentences with’ basically’,’generally’ or ‘virtually are also not advisable.
Next we were informed about Akward Sentences. We learnt that a good writer needs to have a good ear. The sentence that does not sound well must be avoided. Ackward sentences can be avoided by making it clear,tactful or touchy and use of a verb.
We next learnt in the class that intensifiers and qualifiers are to be avoided. A professional writer should avoid using words like really,very, so etc. Use of these words make the content very amateurish. Instead we can use the better synonyms or one word.
Verb Power: In this section we learnt that “be”form of verbs are also to be avoided while writing a content. In place of them use of action verbs were emphasized. We were also told to use active voice in place of passive voice in a content as active voice sentences are more clear cut and easy to understand.
Next we learnt in the class where to capitalize the words and where to avoid them. Capitalization of the first letter of the word is used in the beginning of a sentence, beginning of a proper noun, first word after colon if it is not in the start of a sentence. Capitalization is avoided in the name of seasons, centuries with number, certain diseases and first word of a sentence after colon.
We were told that parallel structure is there where the sequence is not broken, where there is a unity in tense and where continuity is not broken. We also learnt in this class about the modifiers. Modifiers are mainly of two types namely Misplaced and Dangling.Misplaced modifiers are those which are wrongly placed and danglers modifiers are those where the sense is not complete.
That was all about our second class.It was an interesting class and I picked up lot of tips about how to make minimal grammatical error while writing a content.