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Thinking From the Reader’s Perspective

28 February 2013

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The most fundamental issue about thinking from your reader’s perspective is to show respect for them. Today I’d like to talk about how to do that.

 

We’ll start by looking at an example of how NOT to. Then we’ll look at how to make what you write more ‘reader-centric’ and respectful.

 

Annoying spam

Like everyone else with an email account, I regularly receive spam, those unsolicited advertising emails from people who claim that one of my ‘friends’ said I’d be interested in the writer’s products or services.

Sentences 101—What Are the Ways to Use Modifiers?

21 February 2013

 

There are three primary modifiers: adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases. Other modifiers include relative clauses (also called adjective clauses), determiners and appositives.

 

Modifiers enhance sentences by providing more information.

 

For example, you could say, ‘We had a meal at the restaurant.’ But that doesn’t tell you much about the meal. …

Sentences 101—What are subordinate clauses?

14 February 2013

 

Subordinate clauses are also called dependent clauses. They cannot stand on their own, so they need to be combined with independent clauses. When you combine these two types of clause, you create a complex sentence.

 

Just as a subordinate at work is someone who works at a lower position, a subordinate clause plays a ‘lower’ role in the sentence. …

Sentences 101—What are coordinating clauses?

7 February 2013

Coordinating clauses contain two (or more) independent clauses that are connected with conjunctions. Another name for this is a compound sentence.

 

The following coordinating conjunctions tie the two clauses together: and, but, for, or, nor, yet and so

 

When you join two independent clauses together, separate them with a comma. For example,

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