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NWEA Language Usage RIT 201-210

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antecedent
a preceding occurrence or cause or event
argumentative essay
an essay that shows the author's assertion (opinion, theory, hypothesis) about some phenomenon or phenomena is correct or more truthful than others'
author
someone who originates or causes or initiates something
autobiography
a biography of yourself
book
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
caret
n. A sign (^) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc., should be inserted.
chart
a visual display of information
declarative sentence
a sentence (in the indicative mood) that makes a declaration
definition
a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
dependent clause
a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
direct object
receives the action of the verb
direct quotation
a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he said 'I am a fool'")
encyclopedia
a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
explain
serve as a reason or cause or justification of
formal essay
an essay that uses academic language, logical organization, and serious purpose
formal language
the standard language of written communication, formal speeches, and presentations; may not use contractions or slang
format
the general appearance of a publication
freewrite
write on a topic for a given period of time w/o pausing to consider style, structure or content
graph
a drawing illustrating the relations between certain quantities plotted with reference to a set of axes
informative essay
essay written to inform others about a topic
interrogative sentence
a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
introductory sentence
sentence introducing a paragraph
legend
explanatory list of symbols on a map
linking verb
an equating verb (such as 'be' or 'become') that links the subject with the complement of a sentence
literature
the profession or art of a writer
log
a written record of an occurrence over time
magazine
a periodical containing a collection of articles, stories, pictures, or other features.
main verb
primary action or state of being
make-believe
not-true
mystery
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
myth
a traditional story accepted as history
object
a tangible and visible entity
pamphlet
a brief treatise on a subject of interest
parentheses
( ) used around information that does not fit into the flow of the sentence, but that you want to include
prepositional phrase
a phrase beginning with a preposition
present tense
a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
sentence fragment
does not express a complete thought
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
singular noun
names one person, place, thing, or idea
slang
informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions
subordinate clause
a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
supporting detail
the details that support your main idea
symbol
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
syntax
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
thank-you note
a note stating gratitude for a task completed
thesis statement
a sentence that states the purpose of a paper or essay
transition
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
word choice
trait concerned with using specific nouns and vivid verbs