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We write to solve problems, to argue a position, to reason from cause to effect, to compare two things, to express opinions, or just to summarize.  For whatever reason we...


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Conditional Sentences

Expressing Cause and Effect We use conditional sentences to express cause and effect.  The effect can be real, or it can be unreal, depending on the situation. When it is real,...

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Start Writing by Asking Questions

At some point in your college career, you will have to research and write an essay on a given topic. You will need to research the topic and become familiar...

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Using Prefixes

For a list of prefixes, visit Yuba College Writing & Language Development Center. Prefixes for English Language Learners

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Using the Passive Voice

Using the Passive in Essay Writing When we use the passive voice, we take the object and move it into the subject position.  We do this primarily when the subject...

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Academic Honesty

College Writing Academy encourages honesty in every phase of learning and values transparency in the use of information from other writers. Students enrolled in the various courses are expected to...

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How to improve reading test scores

Often students don’t do well on reading tests for one of two reasons. First, they believe they already understand how to answer the questions, so they often skip the directions....

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Interview Notes (Tony)

Notes from Tony’s Interview As we sat on the sidewalk, Tony begin to open up.  I listened as he begin to describe his past. He didn’t go into too many...

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Writer Biases

Bias = strong feeling in favor of or against a thing, a person, or a group of peopleWriters often use persuasive language to influence a reader’s opinion. In order to put...

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Cohesion and Coherence

Definitions cohesion = sticks together.  This word refers to how well ideas flow from one sentence to another. cohesion (noun), cohesive (adjective), cohesively (adverb) coherence  = clear and logical ideas.  This...

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