Have a Case of Weak Wording? Revive Your Parts of Speech!

The Informal Writing Bug

In a world where we’re accustomed to 140-character Tweets, simple text messages, spontaneous emails, and casual blog posts, we’re familiar with informal grammar. It’s not uncommon to shorten a message by omitting certain parts of speech. This style of writing certainly has its place, but it doesn’t belong in your content writing!

In order to establish your credibility as an Expert Author, it’s important to maintain proper grammar and sentence structure. In other words, avoid using “weak wording” in your writing.

What is Weak Wording?

Weak wording is written like this:

“Going to store to get dinner. Will be back in 15 minutes. Please have table set.”

In this example, the subjects and articles are omitted from the sentence. The proper version reads:

I’m going to the store to get dinner. I’ll be back in 15 minutes. Please have the table set.”

Let’s cover what’s missing.

The Subject

When it comes to parts of speech, a subject is the person, place, thing that is performing the action or being described. In this case it is “I’m” and I’ll.”

The Article

An article is a short word that is added before a noun to signify the type of reference being made to the noun that follows. In English, these are:

–        the
–        a/an

The word ‘the’ is the definite article. It refers to a SPECIFIC thing.

Example: Set the table. (We are referring to a specific table).

The word ‘a’ is the indefinite article. It refers to an UNSPECIFIC thing.

Example: Set a table. (We are not referring to a specific table).

The Source of the Bug

When our Editors see articles that are missing proper subjects and articles, we realize it can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of those include:

  • SEO Grammar Plague: Other writers have caught the plague of problematic SEO writing. Theses writers realize many people enter choppy, SEO-friendly keyphrases into search engines and then try to exploit those weaknesses. However, anytime a keyphrase is used, it needs to make sense in the context of the content, regardless of SEO purposes. You can refer to section 1a of our Editorial Guidelines (http://ezinearticles.com/editorial-guidelines/guideline/1a) for further information.
  • Immunity! Finally, some of us do it simply because we’re used to typing in a shorthand form. In this case, we challenge you to be true to yourself and uphold your best writing style, no matter what you are writing! Get in the habit of reading your articles out loud prior to submission. This will help you catch any parts of speech that you inherently omitted.

Doctor’s Advice:

When you’re writing an article to be shared with others, be sure to include all necessary subjects and articles in your sentences. While it might save time and it’s likely readers will be able to figure out your intent, your expertise as a writer will be lost.

There’s a time and a place for all styles of writing. When it comes to your content, establish your credibility by writing with correct technique. In turn, you will see less article rejections for problematic grammar.

It isn’t easy to become a strong writer; don’t throw your skills out the window and succumb to the weak wording that surrounds our everyday lives. Improve your writing health today!

21 Comments »


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Firaq Zafar writes:

Hmm… Thank you very much for sharing this important article. It’s really very informative, especially for non-native writers. I’m new to article writing, I think I’m improving day by day. I’ll keep writing despite ‘Rejections’.

:-)

Comment provided September 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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Firaq- We commend your great attitude! Article writing certainly gets easier with experience. We will do our best to provide tips for both native English writers and non-native English writers alike. Thank you for your feedback!

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David Croucher writes:

Thank you so much for this article! You could have written about so many more parts of speech that people miss out, but these are enough to be going on with, to make the point.

It’s not wrong to use abbreviated language, as long as the message gets across clearly. So I think that as long as all English speakers and writers, whether it’s their native tongue or not, really do need a good grounding in the complete parts of speech and sentence constructions, so that their omissions are made deliberately, knowing the effect this will have on their listeners’ and readers’ understanding.

In the UK, where I am, all schools now teach this in some depth, a contrast to the ‘let it all hang out’ movement beginning in the 1960s, which held that ‘free expression’ was more important than ‘polishing’ a piece of language work, and in consequence bred a whole generation who struggled to spell and parse intelligibly, and still seem to think that getting across their message was the responsibility of the hearer and reader, not the speaker and writer. Nonsense!

So a few follow-up articles on the use of ‘that’ and ‘which’, for example, rather than complete omission, or on conjunction use, would be very valuable to authors.

Comment provided September 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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David,
You make excellent points. We will definitely consider a post on the usage of ‘that’ vs. ‘which’. Thank you for commenting!

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David Croucher writes:

OK, Courtney, good; but that’s not what I meant! I was asking for an article about such words being missed out altogether, which is becoming so common that the sense of the sentence can be lost or ambiguous. (I was asking for an article about such words being missed out altogether, is becoming so common the sense of the sentence can be lost or ambiguous.)

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Hi David,
Thanks for clarifying! We do see instances when writers mix up the use of ‘which’ vs. ‘that’, however, this is less of an issue than when a writer leaves out a conjunction. Like you said, the meaning of the sentence can be lost or ambiguous when this occurs. You may remember our blog post titled ‘Joiners – How to Use Coordinating Conjunctions’ found here: http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2012/10/joiners-how-to-use-coordinating-conjunctions.html. It’s been awhile since we covered this topic, maybe we’ll re-cover it in the near future.

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kiran writes:

simple lines…bt very encouraging…its rally gud to see these type of posts..

Comment provided September 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

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Jack Igan writes:

Hi,

Explaining the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’ would be a great service to many of your authors. Too many Internet authors and commentators don’t have a clue.

Comment provided September 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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Hi Jack –
Thanks for the feedback! We covered the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’ a couple years ago when we did a series on ‘Top Misused Words’. Here’s the post: http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2012/03/top-misused-words-part-ii.html. Perhaps we’ll do a refresher on some of these in a future post.

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Hung Pham writes:

Hi,

The “a” and “the” make me confusing for a long time. Now, I understand and use the easily.

Comment provided September 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

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Brett Hooper writes:

Hi Courtney,
First i want to say, Thank you.

This is the real that people use this type of short form of word. In the blog or article writing this type of mistake should not ignore. This will leave bad impression.

Thanks again,
AUM InfoTech Team

Comment provided September 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

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DRVRao writes:

Very useful narrative for English writers to avoid grammatical mistakes.

Comment provided September 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM

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giorgi writes:

Thank you very much

Comment provided September 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

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Good and useful post. Wish Courtney comes up with a series of such articles to help Non-native writers.

Comment provided September 10, 2014 at 3:06 AM

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Rosalinda Flores - Martinez writes:

Thanks for the share. A blessed Thursday, Ezine and everyone!

Comment provided September 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

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suzyspring writes:

Nice post. Pretty useful. Thanks for sharing.

Comment provided September 13, 2014 at 1:34 AM

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william Smith writes:

Nice point it was useful

Comment provided September 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM

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Mark Kingsley writes:

Really good job on the site, Thanks for share

Comment provided September 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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kukuh malindo writes:

Hello all, did you know that’s my article not approve for EzineArticles.com….I know, I can’t english well, but I have try again and finally my article has ben reject :( huft
help me please :(

Comment provided November 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM

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Kukuh,

If you are a non-native English speaker, we suggest you use a qualified English proofreader who can assist you in the editing process.

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I appreciate this article and understand the importance of it’s content. It has been extremely helpful an has assisted me.

Comment provided November 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

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