Style Syllabus Menu

Revision Principles



Writing for the intelligent but ignorant reader

Syllabus Index

Verbs and verb-like words

Action and Static Verbs (transitive, intransitive, active and passive voice, to be, and weak verbs)

Infinitives, Participles, and Gerunds

Clauses and Phrases


Prepositional, infinitive, participial, and gerund phrases

Use of Passive Voice

Academic Prose or Scholarly Prose (= The Official Style, officialese, bureaucratese, legalese, academese)

Common problems (dangling modifiers, faulty pronoun reference, nonparallel structure, excessive modification, prefabricated expressions/cliches, arbitrary use of nouns as verbs, overuse of 'there are' and 'it is', unintentional and ineffective repetition of phrases)

Identifying Sentence Components