Conventions

Grammar, Spelling & More

Click here to see detailed information for every writing trait from the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory.

Once you have attended to all of the other traits, you are ready to edit for conventions. Use the resources below to review the rules and practice your editing skills.

Grammar can be fun! Check out this cool episode of Mental Floss with John Green:

Common Errors

Below are quick links to the Guide to Grammar and Writing, a great resource from the Capital Community College Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut.

Paragraphing

Not sure where to begin or end a paragraph? Check out this link: Paragraph Development

Agreement

Pronouns (he/she/they)

Subject-Verb

Punctuation

Semi-colon Comma Colon Dash Ellipsis Quotation Marks

Literary Present Tense

Which sentence has the correct verb tense?

Captain Ahab, a central figure in the novel Moby Dick, is obsessed with the great white whale.

Captain Ahab, a central figure in the novel Moby Dick, was obsessed with the great white whale.

The answer lies in the literary present tense. Learn all about the literary present tense with this great resource from the MLA.