Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Rhetorical Questions



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Seven Deadly Sins of Writing

1. Rhetorical Questions

  • Rhetorical questions are vocal tools for speech writing.
  • Without the proper inflection by the author, rhetorical questions can be misinterpreted.

Students tend to over use rhetorical questions for:

  • Students tend to over use rhetorical questions for:

Replace Rhetorical questions with direct statements.

  • Replace Rhetorical questions with direct statements.
  • Definitive statements are clear, direct, and more effective than a rhetorical question.

Example

  • Rhetorical question:
  • Wouldn’t education be more effective with a class engaged in conversation?
  • Direct statement:
  • However, education is more effective when a class is engaged in conversation.

2. Conversational language

  • Much like rhetorical questions, conversational language hurts your credibility and makes your paper sound informal.

Also, conversational language relies on verbal inflections by the author to understand the full intention.

  • Also, conversational language relies on verbal inflections by the author to understand the full intention.
  • It also requires an understanding of your generational and regional dialect.

Example

  • Avoid introductory clauses that start with “So” “Well” “Anyhow”
  • Conversational language can be easily corrected by removing phrases that are slang which also include CONTRACTIONS.

Another good technique to use when correcting and identifying conversational language is having a second person read your paper aloud.

  • Another good technique to use when correcting and identifying conversational language is having a second person read your paper aloud.
    • When your reviewer is struggling with a sentence, that is a good indication that there is a problem with the phrasing, possibly due to conversational language.
    • Because a reader will have trouble reading a statement made unclear by the author’s conversational intent.

3. Wordy sentences

  • Do not try to increase your word count by adding a couple of “had been having” type of phrases.
  • “because of the fact that”

Make sure you are using the best wording for your sentences.

  • Make sure you are using the best wording for your sentences.
  • Do not be afraid of direct, strong, and concise sentences. Being clear and understood is always best.

4. Misuse of Semi-Colon

  • A semi-colon should not be used as a comma. It is a special type of comma.
  • It is not used for simple lists or connecting sentences that have a conjunction.

Semi-Colon Rule

  • Semi- Colon or ; should be used to connect two complete sentences together without a conjunction in order to complete a thought.
  • Example: Roderiguez believes that he has disconnected with his family through his academic progress; he sees this new barrier in his inability to discuss his daily academic life.

Semi-colons in lists

  • Semi-colons are used when separating items in complex lists.
  • For example: I have visited Atlanta, Georgia; Frankfort, Kentucky; Tucson, Arizona; and Miami, Florida.

5. Inappropriate Comma Use

  • Commas should normally not separate the noun phrase and verb, unless there is a dependent clause between the two parts.
    • For example:
    • In the Freire article, the banking system, is a negative way of educating students by pouring the educator’s opinions in the students’ minds.

In the Freire article, the banking system is a negative way of educating students by pouring the educator’s opinions in the students’ minds.

  • In the Freire article, the banking system is a negative way of educating students by pouring the educator’s opinions in the students’ minds.
    • “In the Freire article” is separate because it is an introductory dependent clause, an fragmented phrase that requires a connection to a sentence.
    • “the banking system” is the noun phrase that must not be separated from the verb “is”.

Comma Rule

  • Use a comma when connecting 2 complete sentences with a conjunction, isolating dependent clauses, and when separating items in a list.
    • Example: I did not agree with Freire, but he made some solid points about the misuse of power in education.

Introductory clauses and word phrases

  • Introductory clauses and phrases must be separated using a comma.
  • Example: However, I really enjoy watching Big Bang Theory.
  • Other examples include phrases like: After, Although, Since
  • It clarifies information before the Noun Phrase.

6. Paraphrased Information Not Cited

  • Not citing information that does not belong to you is a form of plagiarism.
  • Even though paraphrased information is put in your own words, all information that comes from another source must be cited.
  • Borrowed language or phrases must put in direct quotes.

Example

  • Bad- Roderiguez discusses how he was the scholarship boy who longed for teacher validation.
  • Good – Roderiguez discusses how he was the “scholarship boy” who longed for teacher validation (52).

7. Using You

  • Making the reader a part of the narrative is not appropriate for formal essay writing.
  • This is a form of conversational language.

How to use sources

  • Assume your reader is an outsider.
  • Do not write your paper to me, the teacher.
  • You need to thoroughly explain the source, introduce the material and explain the context of the quote.
  • Follow up the source with information about WHY you used this information, specifically how the information supports your thesis.


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