48 terms

NWEA Language Usage RIT 201-210


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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'
someone who originates or causes or initiates something
a biography of yourself
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
n. A sign (^) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc., should be inserted.
a visual display of information
declarative sentence
a sentence (in the indicative mood) that makes a declaration
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'")
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
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
the general appearance of a publication
write on a topic for a given period of time w/o pausing to consider style, structure or content
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
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
the profession or art of a writer
a written record of an occurrence over time
a periodical containing a collection of articles, stories, pictures, or other features.
main verb
primary action or state of being
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
a traditional story accepted as history
a tangible and visible entity
a brief treatise on a subject of interest
( ) 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
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
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
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
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
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
word choice
trait concerned with using specific nouns and vivid verbs