Conventions

Conventions: Grammar, Spelling and 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you know you have an error in conventions but you can't figure out how to fix it, see me for a writer's conference.

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 this link from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab :  

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.

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 Purdue University Online Writing Lab:  

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

Can’t remember when to use a comma and when to use a semi-colon? Not sure if that “S” needs and apostrophe before or after? Having trouble with all sorts of punctuation? 

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

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

Not sure how to format and/or punctuate passages or ideas from outside sources?
Check out the rules for:
Easy-Bib: MLA Style- Parenthetical Citations
Columbia College of Missouri: MLA Style- Parenthetical Citations
Pellissippi State Community College:  Citing Poetry  and Lyrics
MLA.org: Citing Passages from an E-Book.
The Capital Community College “Guide to Grammar and Writing”:  Quotation Marks 

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

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