Archive for June, 2016

Silly Grammatical Mistakes

Jun. 15th 2016

 

People consider writing a difficult task, as grammatical mistakes are the common error they are scared of. To some extent, grammatical mistakes are ignored but when it comes to your essay writing and term papers; checking flawless grammar becomes a difficult task.

English Grammar

Let’s have a brief discussion on some common grammatical mistakes below:

1- It’s vs It

it vs its

Generally, apostrophes are used for possessions that are to claim anyone’s exact words. For example, “I am going to the market.”

But apostrophes are also used to replace omitted words and to convert them into short form or abbreviations. For example, It is vs It’s, do not vs don’t, have not vs haven’t.

This way It’s is used as a possessive pronoun. It gives the sentence a worth as well as shortens the sentence. For example, “It’s burning.”

2- Incorrect formation

Incorrect formation

The formation of the sentence is the writer’s worst nightmare. It takes too much of time for a writer if he is stuck between identifying the formation of a sentence.

It’s simple! Define the topic first. Keep the sentences short. Make sure that the formation is either subject, helping verb and object or vice versa. It depends on the prominence of your sentence which is either the subject or the object.

Make sure you don’t write incomplete and complex sentences. For examples “Stay tuned to us” is an incomplete sentence. Here you need to define and mention the name of the source for which you want the readers to stay tuned to. For example “Stay tuned to LogoJiffy.”

Complex sentences include the formation of the subject and the object. For example, “Running in line, our teacher said we will get the prize.” Here the formation of your sentence is wrong. “Our teacher said, we will get the prize by running in line.” This sentence is in the correct formation.

Include the modifying clause right next to the object or the subject you intend to describe.

3- Using I, Me and Myself

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Using I, Me and Myself seems to be complex for some writers.

“I” is used under the influence of the subject.

“Me” is used in the specification with the object only.

Myself is a reflexive pronoun. It is used in the sentences with “I” as well as “Me” when you are referring yourself in the sentence. For example, “I myself made the dinner.”

My and I can also be used in the same single sentence. For example, “I and My friends are hanging out late tonight.”

4- Lie vs Lay

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Lie and Lay having similar meaning and pronunciation seem to be a common mistake of a writer.

First, let’s understand the present and past tense of these two words.

Lie and Lay (present and past)

Lay and Laid (present and past)

When using lie or lay in the sentence, you always choose lay. It’s because it gives a perfect present formation on the sentence. For example, “I am going to lay down for a little while.”

5-Using Irregular verbs

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There is a complete list of irregular verbs. Remembering every word is not possible but still using these words with the proper formation is also necessary. For example,

Eat, eating, ate

Throw, throwing, threw

But, not every word has “ing”, “ew” or “ed” formation. For example,

Broadcast cannot be changed into broadcasted.

This is how “ed” in every word is not necessarily right and every writer should be aware of these irregular verbs formation.

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Writing a News Story

Jun. 8th 2016

News stories are those informative pieces of writings that give a reader an important message and an alert of what, when, where, why and how things have happened.

New stories are either short posts that give an overview of the information and the topic instead of wandering around the irrelevant background and future prediction details.

Another type of news posts is the one which is completely informative. It discusses the background, foreground, and the relevant future prediction details as well.

Nowadays news posts are a strong part of Journalism writing. Content generation in  the form of news posts are not only common but is also a widely acceptable form of perceiving information.

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Let’s move on to understanding the general guidelines of writing news stories.

The first and foremost basic yet the most important rule to follow while writing a news story is; to understand the concept of 5 W’s and 1 H.

5 W’s stand for Who, What, Why, When, and Where and 1 H stands for How. These 6 traits are the bottom line of writing any news story. Any news story either a short post or a long post should answer these questions and cover the background with details surrounding these questions.

Who?

The question who should answer the point of focus you are talking about i.e. your subject or either your object.

For example, If you are talking about a political leader than the question who will answer the person of attention in that political party i.e. who he is?

On the other hand, the question who may also answer the followers and supporters of that political leader.

What?

what

The question ‘what’ answers the cause and specification of the subject or the object.

For example, It will answer the association of that political leader. It will define the cause and reason of that political leader to come out in public for a speech. It will also answer the association of public and supporters.

Where?

where

The question where answers the location of the subject or the object which is the core attention of the news story. It defines that where the action is being taken place.

For example, the location where the political leader will give his speech and the supporters would gather to listen to the speech.

When?

The question when defines the time. The time when the action would take place.

For example, at what time, the political leader would commence the speech.

Why?

why

The question why and what may look similar, but both have their own differences

The question why answers the detailing behind holding the particular event.

For example, why the political leader is holding this speech for the public and its supporters. It usually connects the question what, defining the details, causes and specifications in detail about the background and the foreground.

How?

how

The question how answers the details of how an event will take place. It defines the preparation of the event. How many efforts would make this event possible? and questions similar to that.

For example, a political leader holding that speech would need a certain amount of fundraising to sponsor that event, so how much fundraise he needs to make that event possible and how many people and party workers are putting in their efforts to make this event possible?

 

These 6 points including 5 W’s and 1 H is the crux of writing a fluent and easy to understand the news story. In our next blog, we will be coming up with more information regarding the news story writing style, till then stay tuned with us!

 

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Writing a Scientific Literature Review

Jun. 6th 2016

Literature reviews are a completely different style of writing where a writer tends to explain views of different authors by highlighting the main areas and then giving further information about specific research.

A literature review includes views and opinions of different authors and a scientific review includes diverse blends of topics and research’ that are highlighted as main points and can be used for future research and experiments.

Like every literature reviews, essay writing style and articles, a scientific literature review also have some steps that need to be followed for perfection.

Literature reviews

Let’s start the detailing by understanding some common yet important steps of writing a scientific literature review.

1- Define the scope of your article and research

scope

Writing on any scientific topic includes a variety of details and sometimes these details tend to be unnecessary. A writer must always find a scope before writing down his literature review.

Jot down all the topics together. Distinguish between what should and what should not be included in the review. Once you are habitual of jotting down every necessary point you want to add in your review, then your research would be more specific and to the point instead of wandering around unnecessary subjects.

Start your scope by defining the importance of the topic and moving on the essential part, describe the rest details and comparisons’ of your research from different perspectives.

2- Discussion of research

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In a normal literature review, a writer is supposed to include various perspectives of different authors; but in a scientific literature review, a writer must discuss his point of views too.

Every other person who surrounds your research has an expertise. No matter, these expertise does not match your research completely but still can prove to be very helpful for future assistance.

By knowing different perspectives of your lab mates and collaborations, you will be able to bring perfectionism in your review and will have access to future advances in your research.

3- Check for similar previous articles about your research.

research

Every research has hundreds and thousands of aspects that need to be covered and it is not necessary that you are the first person to focus on that particular area of research or experiment. It is possible that the specific area or an area similar to that must have been covered by another person.

Well! If this is the case then there is no need to panic. It’s not necessary for you to drop your particular area of research, only because it’s already done by someone else. All you have to do is to be focused on what points you want to cover in your research. Do not right exactly what the previous article says. Try to describe the experiment and review in your own perspective and experience, but with it, you may consider that previous research as a handful of information that could help you for future assistance.

4- Point of Concentration

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Scientific literature reviews are comparatively hard to write than normal literature reviews. So focus on your point of concentration. Take a break when necessary.

5- Collect references and raw material

references

Every writer must first collect references, other similar researches and raw materials regarding the specific topic.

Collecting the references raw material and summarizing it roughly on a paper helps you focus on the points you want to cover and makes it less difficult for you to include unnecessary details that can make your literature view sound boring and uninformative.

6- Draft your ideas

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Once you are done with jotting down the main ideas and particular point of interest from the references, you need to prepare a draft of your review. Write as much as you want either on paper, in Words file or in PDF format file. But write and save it constantly for further edits. Check this draft, read and re-read the draft for edits and inclusion of other important points.

7- Include your views

views

Include your ideas. If you feel that your research needs more amendments and further assistance, then don’t be shy to include it at the end of your research. It may help other scientific writers to carry on their analysis on the similar research topic with advancement.

 

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