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Writing Center: Grammar

A guide to information to help you research and write more effectively.

Sentence Rules

Sentences are the foundation of everything we write. Fragments, clause rules, and commas are all key components to creating sentences that best communicate your ideas!

Follow the links below to learn more about sentence fundamentals!

Verb Rules

Verbs drive our writing through assigning action, and having control of your verb tenses is one of the clearest ways to show writing maturity! 

Some quick verb checks you can ask yourself while writing are: Do all my subject and verbs agree? Is my verb tense consistent throughout my entire piece? Are my verbs aligned with the level of formality of my assignment?

Follow the links below for a complete guide to verbs!

Modifier Rules

A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that gives greater detail or specificity to another word.

Using modifiers effectively will make the sentences in your paper more specific, but be aware of misplaced modifiers and dangling modifiers that you should avoid writing.

Follow the link below to learn more about modifiers!