LAVC Writing Center Local Revision/Editing May 2, 2011
Defining Editing What’s the difference between revising and editing?
Revision involves making changes to your paper’s
organization, structure, and content
Editing involves making sure your paper follows standard
English and is free of grammatical and mechanical errors
Editing in the Writing Process Why is editing usually the last stage of the writing process?
Editing in the Writing Process Editing is the last stage of the writing process because during the revision stage there’s a good chance that you will delete entire sections of your work. Therefore, you don’t want to spend the time editing something that you’ll ultimately not use use anyway!
Editing in the Writing Process
Strategies for Editing
Read your paper out loud
Read your paper backwards: start with the last sentence to help you focus on grammar/mechanics as opposed to content
Use an editing checklist
Comma splices, run-ons, and fragments
That vs. Which (comma use)
Punctuating Dependant Clauses
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Common mistakes: Punctuating Dependant Clauses
Dependant Clauses: a clause that depends on another another independent clause to form a complete sentence.
Dependent clauses often start with one of the following subordinating words: Although, as, after, because, before, during, even though, if, since, when, while, When a sentence starts with one of these words, there will always be a comma in the middle of the sentence, separating the dependent clause from the independent clause: I’m going to eat dinner. When I get home tonight, If student want to get good grades, they should go to the Writing Center. Because I’m a student, I have to spend time studying. Avoid the following mistakes: Although, I love to listen to music, attending concerts is too expensive. As I continue to take classes at LAVC I learn more about myself. Since most students care about their grades.
Common Mistakes: That vs. Which
The word “that” is usually used to introduce information that is essential to understanding the meaning of the sentence.
The word “which” is usually used to introduce information that is extra detail; it’s not essential to the meaning of the sentence. The tv that is in the bedroom needs to be repaired. The tv, which is in the bedroom, needs to be repaired. Remember to use a comma with “which” and no comma with “that.” For an intractive exercise to practice this concept, visit http://web.ku.edu/~edit/vw.htm We have more than one tv. Only the one in bedroom needs to be repaired. We have only one tv. It's in the bedroom and needs to be repaired.