As part of the Editing Tips series, this podcast gives suggestions about how to make comparisons in academic writing in order to give your reader all the necessary information. Tips and examples of how to avoid a phantom comparison are supplied to help ensure the clarity of your writing.
Podcasts: English as a Second Language
Conjunctions are an important element in business writing. Their proper use can improve sentence structure and, consequently, the overall effect of your writing. The different kinds of conjunctions, or ways to connect two sentences, are discussed in this podcast.
Punctuation marks can be confusing, and the hyphen is no exception. In this podcast, the Scribendi.com editors explain what the hyphen is and how to use it in different circumstances.
When a sentence is too long and is full of extra, unimportant words, it is referred to as wordy. If a sentence is wordy, it can be hard to comprehend and will detract from your writing. Try to follow these tips to avoid wordiness and to produce clear, concise writing.
Punctuation marks may not seem important, but they are. Without correct usage of punctuation, the meaning of a sentence can be lost. This podcast will highlight the basic rules of English language punctuation.
Adverbs are used to qualify or modify various parts of speech. This podcast will explain the different types of adverbs and provide examples for each.
To avoid allegations of plagiarism, it is crucial that all academic writers learn the art of creating citations. For some, MLA citations can be more overwhelming than writing the actual paper. This podcast will explain everything you need to know about MLA citations to ensure your next project is a breeze.
Modern Language Association (MLA) is a universally accepted method of formatting humanities sources. This podcast will briefly explain MLA style guidelines, give examples of MLA formatting, and offer a list of tips.
Let's give credit where credit is due: Being an English as a Second Language (ESL) student is tough. You must learn new material in your field of study while also learning another language. Sometimes, you may sit through classes that you do not fully understand, which can affect your ESL writing. In addition, the requirement to write papers in a language that is not your first language (and may even be your third or fourth) is daunting. Kudos to all ESL students! In this podcast, we highlight the 10 most common ESL mistakes we’ve encountered in ESL academic writing.
Do you struggle with plural possessives? If so, don't feel bad; you're not alone! Knowing when and where to add the apostrophe to possessives can be tricky. Further complicating matters is that the correct usage sometimes looks and sounds wrong. We hope that by the end of this podcast, you'll have a better grasp of plural possessives and how and when to use them. In this podcast, our editors discuss plural possessives and how to use them correctly.