Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Grammar & Essay Writing Techniques

    Grammar is a set of structural rules set to govern the use of natural languages.  The purpose of grammar is to make the natural language consistent so that everyone who speaks it can understand each other.  There is variation in grammar based on the language in question due to the separation of human society (geographically).  A set of grammars evolves as a result of the usage of it.  As the language the grammar is present in is used more often, there become more rules present to accommodate the growing repertoire of words.  There is some debate as to the origin of grammar, as linguists believe that grammar is a function of the authors' personal preferences, while others say that grammar is a function of societal custom. 

    There are developed grammar frameworks that suggest a correct set of grammar rules.  Some of these frameworks are transformational grammar (TG), systematic functional grammar (SFG) and principles and parameters theory (P&P). 

    The education of grammar has been strongly enforced in elementary-level schools to teach children its importance and role in the English language. 

    Essays are written to prove or disprove a point by using a series of proofs or evidence as to why the writer believes the point is correct or incorrect.  As not every essay is written about the same or similar topics, there are several essay writing techniques that can be used to appropriately and effectively approach a topic. 

    Before actually writing the essay, a good level of research, analysis and brainstorming should be done in order to concisely communicate the point which the author wishes to.  At this point, the author will create an outline based on the format they wish to write their essay in.  Possible formats for an essay are the classic and most common five-paragraph essay (introduction, body paragraphs 1-3, conclusion) or a comparison essay (introduction, similarities, differences, conclusion).  The most important part of an essay is the thesis.  It is very important that the thesis provides an answer to the prompt question or specifically addresses what the essay requirement requests. The thesis is the statement which the entire essay is based on, so it should be considered the foundation for the rest of the essay.  The thesis should be well developed and concise (no extra information), and include the topic, the point within the topic and any proofs/evidence that would help the author prove the point.  A thesis should be included in almost every format of essay.

    The next step requires that the author write the essay.  If the outline has been done well, the author should not have lots of work to do in the actual writing section.  Revising the essay is a very important part of completing it because the author may have missed spelling and grammatical errors.  At this point, the author has the chance to re-read the entire essay and spot discrepancies that might confuse the reader's understanding of their argument.   

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com June 29, 2022, 6:19 am ad1c9bdddf


    BrainMass Categories within Grammar & Essay Writing Techniques

    Persuasive Writing

    Solutions: 78

    Writing in which the author attempts to convince the reader that their opinion is correct.

    BrainMass Solutions Available for Instant Download

    Reviewing the eight parts of speech for an Honors English course.

    Honors English is a course that prepares high seniors for college level work in the communicative arts. The class usually starts with a review of the eight parts of speech and seeing the connection between these basic stepping stones and using them in various writing assignments and projects.

    Standardized testing argument

    Create a formal, position argument where you state and defend a claim on standardized testing. The purpose and goal is to persuade and convince your audience of a certain perspective, direction, or solution for an issue.

    How do I cite myself in college?

    My name is Alright Learner. I am attending a course at ABC University and the title of the course is: PSY8430 - Issues and Trends in Addiction-Related Treatments. I am doing a discussion in Unit 1:Discussion:1. Unit 1 Discussion 1, is titled: Critical Thinking Errors I want to what I discuss from a previous discussion. Theref

    Lincoln and Faulkner: Rhetorical Techniques

    Hello I need assistance with this topic including a thesis. Anything that you can is fine.i need to have a thesis as well I just need a guide to start. I'll do the rest. I don't know how many words is 3 credits get me. Both Lincoln and Faulkner have a primary audience and a general audience; both intend to persuade their au

    Native Hawaiian Health Habits and Health Problems

    Due to unhealthy lifestyles and habits, millions of people die each year due to preventable deaths, such as heart disease and diabetes. What are the main causes of this kind of lifestyles? Choose a specific country and community to focus on it.

    Run-on Sentences & Fragments

    Please select the item that does not have any run-on sentences or sentence fragments. Question 8 options: a) One of the first lessons learned from the test marketing campaign was that "IMPACT" was a terrible name for the new car. The mavens, who were the car enthusiasts sought as opinion leaders on the new car, worried abou

    Traffic Enforcement Cameras: Prewriting

    I need to use the invention ENFORCEMENT CAMERA to answer the following question- Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy? I have to use the question to: 1. Develop a thesis statement and 3 strong supporting subtopics. 2. Create a topic sentence outline (scheme strategy). 3. Prepare a first-draft essay.

    Chemotherapy: Help with argumentative essay

    Research Question: 1. Should marijuana be legal in all states for cancer patients? 2. Is Chemotherapy a good or bad thing for cancer patients? 3. Should expermential drugs be used on cancer patients? I would like some advise on which of these questions would be the best to do research on and also would you please help me i

    Paraphrasing Preventing Plagiarism

    I need help paraphrasing these two paragraphs differently. These paragraphs can be condense, as long as the central meaning is still evident within each paragraph. The main strength of self-report methods are that they are allowing participants to describe their own experiences rather than inferring this from observing partic

    An Example of Paraphrasing

    Please help with paraphrasing this one paragraph differently than what is presented. Self-report studies have many advantages, but they also suffer from specific disadvantages due to the way that subjects generally behave. Self-reported answers may be exaggerated; respondents may be too embarrassed to reveal private details;

    Importance of Having Oversight and Secondary Input

    This discussion summarises a question that often comes up by students and professional writers looking to fine-tune their works before submission. In quite a few cases, the individuals hold the technical know-how and linguistic command to proofread documents. Naturally, many of them consider the idea of handling their own proofr

    International Policing and Law Enforcement

    Analyze the existence and use of GIS in these countries and prepare a comparative report based on a analysis. • U.S. • England • India • Canada Include the following: • A description of the technological development in these regions. • A brief analysis of any GIS systems that exist in these regions. If

    Style and Formation of Phrasal Verbs in English

    The formation and proper use of phrasal verbs in English by no means a simple matter. As the name indicates, a phrasal verb is a phrase, a combination of a root verb and a particle. When we combine a verb of motion with a particle such as "up, we derive the verb "to go up," although the particle "up" often appears in phrasal ver

    Benefits of peer review

    Please discuss the following: The purpose of peer review is not only to help your classmate to improve his or her writing, but to strengthen your own editing and critical thinking abilities by providing constructive, criteria-based reviews of your classmates' work.

    Stylistics of Different Languages

    It is fair to say that English has a very confusing verb system. Although Romance languages like French and Italian have multiple tenses, and French is notorious for its irregular verbs, those languages do have a consistent system for forming verb tenses. Unlike languages in the language groups spoken on the Continent (German, S

    Ideas for a research project

    Please help with the following problem. I need to have two to three ideas for a research topic and address the following question. What is your research question? How does this topic reflect your professional or personal interests? What do you intend to argue about this topic? What resources are you planning on using?

    Audience Recognition in an Essay

    The concept of audience is often overlooked by students when writing in an academic setting. However, knowing your reader is an essential part of creating an authoritative essay. Have you even considered what impact does the concept of audience have on writing? Using the online readings, respond to the following: - How doe

    Academic Integrity: Plagiarism and Source Documentation

    Why is source documentation and plagiarism such an important topic in academics? Is avoiding plagiarism and citing sources correctly just as important in the professional world? What are the penalties for academic dishonesty and are these penalties appropriate? Use the online library to search for articles regarding plagiaris

    Resources in research papers

    Assignment 1: Discussion—Evaluating Sources (Scholarly versus Popular) When creating research papers, the quality of the sources you use is critical to the success of your investigation of the subject. Therefore, it is important to be able to effectively evaluate the appropriateness of the information you are collecting.

    Creating an Original and Appropriate Thesis Statement

    Please describe how to create an original thesis statement (argument) that is appropriate for an essay or term paper and give an example. Additionally, please describe what types of statements are not appropriate for a thesis, including an example for each incorrect type.

    APA Citation Style

    1) How would I cite this web-site: The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)? I am researching the article on Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) http://www.asppb.net/ (I need you to help me with in-text citation and reference citation) 2) How would I cite this web-site, http:/

    Peer Review and Academic Credibility

    I must come up with a research question and write a research paper that is scholarly peer-review. I must also use my online library at the university that I attend. How will I know if an article is peer-reviewed and relevant to my research question?

    Writing Strategies Plan

    1. What do you think would be the expectations for academic writing for college graduate level student. What would you recommend they do to adjust their writing and writing process to meet these expectations at the graduate level? 2. Most online universities have graduate writing centers within the student online portal. What

    Grading Class Participation

    Please help write a one-page summary of the Bean and Peterson assigned reading, "Grading Class Participation." This summary should clearly and concisely identify the main point or argument of the reading along with important supporting details.