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Anyone like editing English papers?
by ZomgStuff
14 Apr 2009 00:43

So currently I am a freshman at Iowa State University. For an English assignment we have to write about a communication problem in today's world. I decided to pick the subject of Fox New's slogan "Fair & Balanced."


Obviously this will be biased towards one end. This is just a rough draft that I pieced together earlier today in ~2 hours. Please make any suggestions for the paper, or let me know what I'm doing well and what I'm not doing so well. I know the citations are missing and I shall add that later. I could really use some constructive criticism. Thanks!


http://hoff.zomgstuff.net/Private_School/FoxNewsD2.docx

kevcj 14 Apr 2009 04:09

First paragraph, second sentence, shouldn't "today’s" be "todays" - without the '. "Today's" is a contraction of "today is". But, when writing a professional paper, the author should never use contractions or abbreviations. So even is "today's" is correct, spell it out - "today is".

"Mark Twain’s quote" - once again, is the "s" and the ' correct? Shouldn't it be "Mark Twains' quote is especially" with the ' after the s to show ownership.

Besides that, I do not see where the paper follows the typical 5 paragraph college essay layout.

First paragraph - opening and introduction - briefly touch on the topics of the essay and a closing sentence for the opening paragraph.

Second paragraph - first topic discussed in detail

Third paragraph - second topic discussed in detail

Fourth paragraph - third topic discussed in detail

Fifth paragraph - closing.

------------- Back to the corrections -----------

Second paragraph - "work the ref." In a professional letter or essay, do not use contractions.

Try not to use the same word twice in the same sentence. In this example you have used the word "and" 3 times.
Quote:

Fox News indulged themselves in the game of mudslinging, digging up Obama’s past, and manipulating and exploiting his every action, decision, and lifestyle.
In this example, you have used the word "attacked" 3 times. Rewrite the sentence so that "attacked" is used no more then twice, but preferably only once.
Quote:

Obama's family has been attacked, his pastor has been attacked, and everyone he has ever vaguely known has been attacked.
Example - Obama's family, his pastor and everyone he has ever known have been attacked. The last "has" (known has been attacked) was replaced with a "have" to do away with duplicate words.

Overall, your essay is 5 pages of loosely disorganized content.

Get all of the sentences on religion and put them into one paragraph.

Get all of the sentences on terrorism and put them into one paragraph.

Go back to the opening paragraph and point out the topics that will be discussed in the essay.

unenergizer 17 Apr 2009 03:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by kevcj (Post 1790731)
First paragraph, second sentence, shouldn't "today’s" be "todays" - without the '. "Today's" is a contraction of "today is". But, when writing a professional paper, the author should never use contractions or abbreviations. So even is "today's" is correct, spell it out - "today is".

"Mark Twain’s quote" - once again, is the "s" and the ' correct? Shouldn't it be "Mark Twains' quote is especially" with the ' after the s to show ownership.

Besides that, I do not see where the paper follows the typical 5 paragraph college essay layout.

First paragraph - opening and introduction - briefly touch on the topics of the essay and a closing sentence for the opening paragraph.

Second paragraph - first topic discussed in detail

Third paragraph - second topic discussed in detail

Fourth paragraph - third topic discussed in detail

Fifth paragraph - closing.

------------- Back to the corrections -----------

Second paragraph - "work the ref." In a professional letter or essay, do not use contractions.

Try not to use the same word twice in the same sentence. In this example you have used the word "and" 3 times.


In this example, you have used the word "attacked" 3 times. Rewrite the sentence so that "attacked" is used no more then twice, but preferably only once.


Example - Obama's family, his pastor and everyone he has ever known have been attacked. The last "has" (known has been attacked) was replaced with a "have" to do away with duplicate words.

Overall, your essay is 5 pages of loosely disorganized content.

Get all of the sentences on religion and put them into one paragraph.

Get all of the sentences on terrorism and put them into one paragraph.

Go back to the opening paragraph and point out the topics that will be discussed in the essay.

See I knew people from Texas were edjucated like myslef.

CHEA

HEYAW - South East Texas BABY

kevcj 17 Apr 2009 14:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by unenergizer (Post 1792994)
See I knew people from Texas were edjucated like myslef.

CHEA

HEYAW - South East Texas BABY

What part of South East Texas?

I'am from Bridge City but currently live in Jasper.

unenergizer 17 Apr 2009 17:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by kevcj (Post 1793307)
What part of South East Texas?

I'am from Bridge City but currently live in Jasper.

sour lake, aprox 15 mins away from bmt. down good ol 105

nexialys 17 Apr 2009 17:36

i was to say the same, but i have no idea where he is located... too dark in here


oh, btw, i'm like 5000 miles from you, no fear haey


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