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Rebuttal Exercise

A Price Too High Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? Bob Herbert asks the question in the Opinion pages of the New York Times. It’s pretty clear from the evidence he cites that he thinks the answer is No, it’s … Continue reading

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Robust Sentences Exercise

In feedback, I often remark that students overuse “it,” or “that,” or “there is,” or “there are,” or, worst of all, “that means.” Pressed to explain why you should avoid these simple, seemingly essential constructions, I stammer something about their … Continue reading

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Good Citation Exercise

The following are all good citation techniques. Refer to this list if you’re ever in doubt about how to cite and briefly quote in the same short sentence. Daniel Flath, in his essay, “Boylan’s Folly,” claims that “boys can’t learn … Continue reading

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TR Workshop

Negative Sports Media Professional sports are known as great entertainment, but some people only find and report the negative news that they hear or see. News reporters, for example the reporters of newspapers and news shows, don’t always write about … Continue reading

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By verbing, it needs a subject.

By verbing, Be very worried if your sentence begins with “By any verb ending in -ing.” The odds are about 50/50 you’ll fall into a syntax trap. The winner: By justifying the actions of the FBI, Director Comey hopes to … Continue reading

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MW Workshop

Negative Sports Media Professional sports are known as great entertainment, but some people only find and report the negative news that they hear or see. News reporters, for example the reporters of newspapers and news shows, don’t always write about … Continue reading

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Riddle about Fate

1. Jay causes a traffic accident which severely wounds another driver and her child but spares Jay any injury and barely even damages his car. He is however arrested on suspicion of recklessness following an investigation of the accident scene. … Continue reading

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