Conventions

Examples

Grammer

Grammer example using the wrong tense of a verb

I go to the store and I bought milk. Go is a present tense verb. Bought is a past tense verb. Bought should be buy milk since these two events both occur at the same time.

Grammer example showing when the subject and verb do not agree

Matt like fish. Matt is plural; like is plural. The sentence should read Matt likes fish.

Grammer example showing double negatives

I don't want no pudding. Don't and no are both negatives. The sentence should read I do not want any pudding.

Grammer example for run-on and fragment sentences

Fragment- Because I ate dinner; this is a fragment because we do not know what happened since you ate dinner.

Run-on- I will drink milk and I will eat my dinner. These are both independent clauses.



Spelling

It is very important to make sure you always spell your words correctly. Words that sound the but are spelled differently could have different meanings such as, "their" and "there" these words sound the same but have two different meanings and it important when writing to use the right one in order to make sense.

Punctuation

Commas

The statue was solid marble, stood ten feet high, and must have weighed two tons.

Use a hyphen

If two or more words serve as a single modifier before a noun.

Use a semi-colon

To link two main clauses (those that could stand alone as full sentences) when the second clause begins with: however indeed instead nonetheless otherwise still then therefore thus

Use a colon

To introduce statements that explain, repeat or summarize the preceding idea.

Use a dash

In place of a comma or semicolon to add emphasis or show a change in tone.