Multilingual Writers and Grammar

  • Grammar seems to be the most common “worry” of ESL students. Here are some links we hope are helpful to you.

    Confusable Words 

    Affect or effect? Farther or further? When writing, it is sometimes difficult to remember the correct word.

    Good Grammar 

    For most people, learning grammar is the first step in learning to write. The idea is that rules of grammar are the foundation for clear sentences, and clear sentences lead directly to good writing.

    Parallel Structure 

    Parallelism is a similarity of grammatical form for similar elements of meaning within a sentence or among sentences. If two or more ideas are parallel, they should be expressed in parallel grammatical form.

    Subject-Verb Agreement 

    When writing a paper, it is helpful to keep in mind that verbs must always agree with the subject in both number aned person.

    Tense Shifting 

    Many students believe that tense changes should always be avoided. However, sometimes a shift in tense is necessary to indicate a change in the timeframe of the action.

    Using Accents and Other Symbols 

    Writing sometimes calls for the use of some non-traditional marks. For example, when writing in Spanish, French or German, a student often needs to add special marks (called diacriticals) to some letters, such as an accent mark or tilde.

  • More Writing Help

    The Kathleen Jones White Writing Center provides tutoring services, workshops, and writing resources.