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Nouns -- Verbs -- Pronouns -- Modifiers: adjectives and adverbs -- Prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections -- Phrases, clauses, and sentences -- Common sentence errors -- Periods, question marks, and exclamation points -- Commas, semicolons, and colons -- Dashes, parentheses, and quotation marks -- Idioms, cliches, jargon, and faddish language -- Compound words and wordiness -- Prewriting: how to begin a writing assignment -- Prewriting: how to research and organize -- Writing -- Revising and editing
Bad language - Standard practice - Who or what is the subject? - Where's the action? The verb - The complete sentence - What goes wrong with sentences? - Speaking personally - More on complex sentences: relationships & relatives - How to be offensive with punctuation - That pesky apostrophe - Checking the checker - Quote/unquote avoiding plagiarism - The machine's out to get us
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About technical writing -- Documentation Development Life Cycle (DDLC) -- Post-writing process -- Styles and standards -- Stucture of the document -- Technical writer at work -- Language and checklists -- Appendices.