FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Why should "etc." be avoided in formal writing?

In grading my paper, you suggested I use "third person."
      What is "third person" and why should I use it?

What exactly does it mean when a teacher writes "Awk" or "awkward"
      on my paper?

You suggested I not use phrases such as "in my opinion."
      Why?

What do you mean when you write "Dev" or "development" next to
      a paragraph?

Where can I find websites for useful references, grammar information or
      help with my writing?

What exactly is a "comma splice," and where can I see examples and
     get help?

  Why was I wrong to use a colon before a series?

In grading my paper, you suggested I use  something called "parallel
      structure." What is it and how do I use it?

I've seen different headings and layouts for essays. Is there a preferred
      format?

What exactly is a "Formal" outline?

How long should my research paper be?

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And finally, do not hesitate to send Email if you have any questions.
Include a portion of your assignment if you wish.
I generally respond in 24 to 48 hours.

Dr. Lawrence Knapp

Consultant/Mentor at Thomas Edison State College

Chair of Humanities/Full Professor at Essex County College


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