Category: Mechanics

This area includes writing issues such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions.
  • Appositives
    • This handout defines appositives and explains how they are used in the English language.
  • Capital Letters
    • This resource details standard capitalization rules in the English language.
  • Comparing Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives
    • This handout provides a detailed overview (including descriptions and examples) of gerunds, participles, and infinitives in the English language.
  • Dangling Modifiers
    • This resource explains what a dangling modifier is and how to correct the problem. In the English language.
  • Defining Versus Non-Defining
    • This handout provides detailed rules and examples for the usage of relative pronouns (that, who, whom, whose, which, where, when, and why) in the English language.
  • Gerunds
    • This handout provides a detailed overview (including descriptions and examples) of gerunds, participles, and infinitives in the English language.
  • Higher Order Concerns and Lower Order Concerns
    • This handout discusses the common Higher Order Concerns (HOCs) and Lower Order Concerns (LOCs) in writing.
  • Indepedent and Dependent Clauses
    • This handout defines dependent and independent clauses and explores how they are treated in standard usage in the English language.
  • Infinitives
    • This handout provides a detailed overview (including descriptions and examples) of gerunds, participles, and infinitives in the English language.
  • Inseparable Phrasal Verbs
    • Provides an overview and lists of phrasal/two part verbs in the English language.
  • Intransitive Phrasal Verbs
    • Provides an overview and lists of phrasal/two part verbs in the English language.
  • Introduction to Defining Clauses
    • This handout provides detailed rules and examples for the usage of relative pronouns (that, who, whom, whose, which, where, when, and why) in the English language.
  • Mechanics
    • These OWL resources will help you with sentence level organization and style. This area includes resources on writing issues, such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions in the English language.
  • Overview of Two-Part (Phrasal) Verbs (Idioms)
    • Provides an overview and lists of phrasal/two part verbs in the English language.
  • Parallel Structure
    • This handout describes and provides examples of parallel structure (similar patterns of words).
  • Participles
    • This handout provides a detailed overview (including descriptions and examples) of gerunds, participles, and infinitives in the English language.
  • Parts of Speech
  • Parts of Speech Overview
    • This handout defines the basic parts of speech and provides examples of their uses in sentences. In the English language.
  • Passive Verb Tenses
    • This handout explains and describes the sequence of verb tenses in the English language.
  • Removing Word Clutter
    • Instructions on how to remove unnecessary words from an essay.
  • Revising
    • A checklist for revising final-draft essays.
  • Run-On Sentences
    • Instructions on how to avoid and fix run-on sentences.
  • Sentence Clarity
    • If you're having sentence clarity problems in your papers, this handout might be just what you need. In the English language.
  • Sentence Fragments
    • Provides an overview and examples of sentence fragments in the English language.
  • Sentence Fragments
    • Instructions on how to identify and correct sentence fragments.
  • Sentence Structure
    • Descriptions and examples of the various parts of sentence structures.
  • Sentence Structure
  • Separable Phrasal Verbs
    • Provides an overview and lists of phrasal/two part verbs in the English language.
  • Tone and Audience Awareness
    • Tips on how to write in a tone that is appropriate for an audience.
  • Transitional Devices
    • A discussion of transition strategies and specific transitional devices in the English language.
  • Writing Transitions
    • A discussion of transition strategies and specific transitional devices.