Friday, January 28, 2011

CTRL+F your word document

Once you are to the point of revising, I recommend you use the CTRL+F function of Microsoft Word and check your usage of the following list of words. If you also have words you like to CTRL+F when revising, please make a comment!
  1. Grammar Checks
    1. ; (semicolons)
      • Make sure semicolons are used only according to their rules.
    2. more
    3. most
    4. favorite
    5. unique
    6. each other
    7. one another
    8. literally
    9. between
    10. among
      • Superlatives, comparatives, and similar modifiers have specific rules depending on the quantities of objects being compared and the parts of speech being modified.
    11. only
    12. even
    13. just
    14. will
      • This modifier turns any past tense verb to future tense. Is that what you wanted to do?
    15. not only
    16. but (also)
      • The phrases not only and but (also) must appear together in the same sentence.
    17. either
      • either must always appear with or.
    18. neither
      • neither must always appear with nor.
    19. whether
      • whether must always appear with or
    20. bad
    21. badly
    22. good
    23. well
    24. real
    25. really
    26. sure
    27. surely
      1. These words are adverbs and adjectives. Before choosing one, make sure you take a good look at the word being modified. 
    28. lay
    29. lie
    30. lied
    31. laid
    32. lain
    33. lying
    34. laying
    35. raise
    36. rise
    37. raising
    38. rising
    39. raised
    40. risen
    41. set
    42. sit
    43. sat
    44. sitting
    45. setting
  2. Eliminate unnecessary words.
    1. as
    2. that
      • Grammatically speaking as and that are expletives (unnecessary words). They're not necessarily wrong, but look at your sentence. Does it work better without them?
    3. there

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