What is meant by incomplete comparison?

An incomplete comparison leaves out one of the items being compared. This is popular in advertising; for example, “X brand is better.” Better than what? Some words have been left out so that the comparison is incomplete. Advertisers are going for spectacle, and they may also want to avoid lawsuits if they were to finish …

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What are parallel sentence structures?

Parallel sentence structures, or parallelism is the principle of expressing similar ideas in a similar or parallel way. Parallelism appears in the list of Top Twenty under error #10, Faulty Sentence Structure. In previous posts, we discussed other structure errors such as fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. There are additional faulty sentence structures can jar …

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Should I write my story in present or past tense?

Verb tense is one of the important elements that defines your prose, and the choices you make about tense can determine your writing’s reception. Commentators on verb tense and consistency point to manuscripts with the problem of verbs leaping from one tense to another without a sound reason; for instance, from the past to the …

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What does it mean to make subjects and verbs agree?

As discussed in the previous post on verb forms, errors with verbs appear to have decreased over the years. For instance, in the 1986 survey which resulted in the Twenty Most Common Errors list, four of the twenty errors involved verbs: wrong/missing verb endings or inflections (# 6); unnecessary shift in verb tense (# 10); …

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