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11.13: Key Takeaways
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- Use parentheses, dashes, and hyphens in your writing to help with style and voice -- but use them sparingly.
- In order to write accurately, it is important for writers to be aware of commonly confused words.
- Choosing the proper words leaves a positive impression on your readers and is important for your credibility at work.
- Connotations of words may be positive, neutral, or negative.
- Slang, clichés, and overly general words should be avoided in academic writing.
- Strong sentence focus reduces wordiness and creates clearer and more concise sentences.
- Coordination joins sentences with related and equal ideas whereas subordination joins sentences with related but unequal ideas.
- Sentences can be coordinated using either a coordinating conjunction and a comma or a conjunctive adverb and a semicolon.
- Subordinate sentences are characterized by the use of a subordinate conjunction.
- Misplaced and dangling modifiers make sentences difficult to understand and, thus, distract the reader.
- Sentence variety reduces repetition in a piece of writing and adds emphasis to important points in the text.
- Sentence variety can be introduced to the beginning of sentences by starting a sentence with an adverb, starting a sentence with a prepositional phrase, or by inverting the subject and verb.
- Combine ideas, using modifiers, relative clauses, or appositives, to achieve sentence variety.