Grammar in College Writing

Active and Passive VoiceExplore the differences between passive and active voice, and when to use each.

CohesionEffective academic writing presents ideas that build upon each other in a logical, progressive way. Here you'll find strategies for improving sentence cohesion and building paragraphs that "flow."

Dangling ModifiersMismatched subjects of independent and dependent clauses can create dangling modifiers. Here's how to avoid these confusing constructions.

Integrating QuotationsHere you'll find a few remedies for making quotations fit clearly and coherently into your prose.

Sentence Structure and PunctuationAvoiding comma splices and sentence fragments are just two of the common challenges writers face. Find out more about how these errors develop and how to correct them.

Pronoun UseHere you can review how to use pronouns correctly and effectively.

StyleIn this section, we look at Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to illustrate several important elements of style: parallelism, conjunction, word order, and sentence-length variation.

TensesThis section covers the English tense system and how to choose the appropriate tense when writing proposals, arguments, narratives, and other genres.

ToneSmall changes can make a big difference when it comes to expressing the right tone in your writing. Academic audiences generally expect a more formal tone; here's how to meet those expectations.

Word UseThe right word, in the right context, can make a big difference in your message. Here you'll find a few tips for choosing your words wisely.