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Fused Sentence Mechanics

A fused sentence misses proper punctuation between clauses, and this check identifies such sentences and guesses the part of the sentence where you combine two clauses without proper separation. For solving these issues, study the in-depth explanations in the references.

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Sentence Without Noun Nouns

Most sentences should have a noun, unless very short ones like "No!"

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Sentence Without Verb Verbs

Most sentences should have at least a verb. An exception to this is an exclamation like "How quick!"

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Change of Tense Verbs

The first verb in a sentence establishes the tense of any verb that comes later. If you begin writing in the past, don’t change to the present. Similarly, if you begin writing in the present, don’t change to the past.

  • Incorrect: In the story, the king loses his kingdom, but he regained everything in the end.
  • Correct: In the story, the king loses his kingdom, but he regains everything in the end.
  • Incorrect: The team won yesterday, but goes and loses this afternoon.
  • Correct: The team won yesterday, but went and lost this afternoon
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Comma Splice Commas

A comma splice is the use of a comma to join two independent clauses.

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your instead of you Before Gerund

The use of a possessive determiner (your) instead of an objective personal pronoun (you) before a gerund lends formality.

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Gender Bias Style

A phrase like “a good congressman knows his duty” excludes women, and it may show good style to rewrite such a sentence in a gender neutral form, like "good representatives know their duty". Check the references for more info on techniques to avoid gender bias in your wriitng.

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Nominalization Style

Abstract nouns, such as "decision", often have verb forms, "decide", and several experts urge you to use verbs when possible rather than noun forms known as nominalizations. Sentences with many nominalizations usually have weak verbs such as have, make, give and forms of be as the main verbs. Using the action verbs disguised in nominalizations as the main verbs--instead of forms of be--can help to create engaging rather than dull prose. This check aims to identify abstract nouns, but not all will have a verb form.

Example:Bad Nominalization: We conducted an investigation of the funding.Good Sentence: We investigated the funding.

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Split Infinitive Style

A split infinitive is an English-language grammatical construction in which a word or phrase, usually an adverb or adverbial phrase, comes between the marker to and the bare infinitive (uninflected) form of a verb. Many scholars consider it as bad style.

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Preposition Overuse Style

Some grammar experts claim that the fewer prepositions the better, and this check warns you if the ratio of prepositions is more than 1 preposition per 5 words.
Abundant prepositions: The data from the participants of younger age in this study were compared with those of subjects of older age by an analysis of variance.
“Healthy” ratio of prepositions: The data from the younger and older study participants were compared by an analysis of variance

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