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what is a topic sentence? (answer)

There seems to be a debate brewing here about whether a topic sentence is a type of thesis. To add clarity, I'll point out some connections and comparisons between the two types of statements. It's possible to compare them on the basis that they both contain main ideas that give structure...

Can I end a sentence with a preposition? (answer)

I would like to support and clarify previous correct answers: Yes, it's technically incorrect, but many people prefer to use the way that sounds best, which teachers often allow (or put up with.) However, it is also worth noting that many prepositions become adverbs in a different context...

Is it wrong to write in passive voice? (answer)

It may be considered "weak" but never wrong as long as it's constructed correctly. However, as many of these answers imply, there are "good/better/best" contexts for the use of passive voice. Here are two specific contexts that will be helpful to many students: SAT questions...

Why don't people use the Oxford comma anymore? (answer)

All language is in transition over the course of history, and we can observe such a transition with the Oxford comma. Magazines often follow the style that it's best to remove any comma that is unnecessary for clarity. Someday, this standard may become an American English convention, but for...