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Common Writing Problems and Where to Find Help in Hacker _6th e

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					Common Writing Problems and Where to Find Help
The numbers refer to pages in the 6th ed. of Diana Hacker, A Writer’s Reference

1) Sentence structure a. sentence fragment – 204-09 b. run-on sentence – 210-15 c. comma splice – 210-15 d. parallelism – 93-95 e. mixed sentence structures – 109-11 f. dangling modifiers – 103-05 g. choppy sentences – 113-14 h. wordy sentences – 137-40 i. sentence structure variety – 117-19 2) Verbs a. consistency in verb tense – 107 b. subject-verb agreement – 163-71 c. active verbs – 140-43 d. choosing appropriate tense – 180-86 3) Use of commas a. unnecessary commas – 269-73 b. missing commas – 259-69 4) Pronouns a. unclear pronoun reference – 190-92 b. pronoun-antecedent agreement – 187-90 5) Word choice a. word choice problems – 123-37 b. flowery language – 144-45 c. slang or informal language – 146-48 d. sexist language – 148-50 e. clichés – 154 f. prepositions - 153-54

6) Quotations a. use of quotation marks – 282-84 b. punctuation with quotations – 285-87 c. signal (lead-in) phrases – 364-66 d. use of the ellipsis – 292-93 e. appropriate use of quotations – 362-64 f. indented quotes – 283-84, 364 7) Documentation (MLA) a. citing quotations & borrowed ideas – 359-61 b. faulty match between citation & Works Cited entry - 380 c. author named in signal phrase – 372 d. two or more titles by the same author – 374 e. reference to Biblical passages - 378 f. Works Cited format for anthology – 382 (#10) g. Works Cited format for articles – 386-87 h. Works Cited format for e-sources – 389-98 i. correct format for Works Cited page – 406, 412 8) Other a. Hyphen – 300-03 (hyphenated adjectives – 301) b. semi-colons, common misuses – 276 c. apostrophes – 279-82 (it/it’s – 299) d. colons – 277-78 e. using the dash – 290-91 f. italicizing or underlining titles – 311-14


				
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