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  • Editing Tips
  • Independent Clause
    • An independent clause has a subject and
    • a verb (could stand alone as a sentence).
    • “Deeply afraid, the man frantically ran
    • across the street.”
  • Connecting Independent Clauses
    • Two independent clauses can be
    • separated by a period or semicolon.
    • OR
    • Joined by a connector word (such as and
    • or but).
  • Fixing Comma Splices
    • No: He hated the icy cold rain, he
    • despised the dark, frigid sky
    • Yes: He hated the icy cold rain ; he
    • despised the dark, frigid sky.
    • Yes: He hated the icy cold rain . He
    • despised the dark, frigid sky.
    • Yes: He hated the icy cold rain , and he
    • despised the dark, frigid sky.
  • Active vs. Passive Voice
    • Active: the subject does the action (The
    • boy threw the ball; the wind thundered
    • across the plains.)
    • Passive: the subject is acted upon (The
    • ball was thrown by the boy; it was windy)
  • Reducing passive voice
    • Rewrite sentences to avoid the use of to-be verbs (get rid of sentences that use “is,” “are,” or “was”)
    • Avoiding using “it,” “there,” or “this” as the subject of a sentence.
  • Strengthening Voice
    • Read aloud (if it is hard to say, it is probably hard to read too)
  • Proofreading
    • Read over once just looking for errors that spell check won’t catch.
    • Try printing out.
    • Try reading backwards line by line.
    • Read over once just looking for one kind of error you perpetually make (or one phrase you overuse)