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.

Help from our Library Media Center

Check out The Writer's Reference Center, a great database from our LMC.

For the username and password, click here.

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

Sentence Structure

Do your sentences run on and on and on, as though they’ll never stop and never finish the thought or repeat the same idea, endlessly leading on and on and on?

Check out these links from the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

Check out the Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Run-ons, Comma Splices & Fused Sentences

Paragraphing

What makes a paragraph a paragraph? (Hint: It's not the number of sentences.)

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.

Agreement

Problem:

Everyone chosen to participate in the relay races (have/has) to be ready in ten minutes.


If the answer to the problem above is not clear, perhaps you need to review some of the basics.

Check out these links from the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

Check out these links from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

Check out this link from the University of North Carolina Writing Center :

Punctuation

Check out these links from the Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:

Check out the Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Punctuation- Comma, Semicolon & More

Check out this link from the University of North Carolina Writing Center: Commas


Not sure how to format and/or punctuate passages or ideas from outside sources?

Check out the basic rules regarding quotes:

Check out the rules for citing passages from an e-book: MLA.org: Citing Passages from an E-Book.