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How to identify weak thesis statements

Identifying what might make your thesis statement a poor one is as important as knowing what to include to make it a good one. The trick is to run it by the ‘so what’ and ‘why/how’ test. If your thesis statement fails this test, you need to revise it until your statement can provide a … Continue reading

misplaced modifiers

A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes, clarifies, or gives more details about nouns or verbs in a sentence. Example:  He earned almost a thousand bucks for the show. A misplaced modifier is when the modifier is NOT placed next to the word it modifies. Example: He almost earned a thousand bucks … Continue reading

Using transitional words/phrases

An important element of good writing is coherence. You must be able to guide your readers effortlessly from one idea to the next, to help them make connections or note points that you wish to emphasize. Readers should be able to navigate clearly through your ideas, arguments or descriptions. We use transitional words or expressions … Continue reading

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