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Cách tránh một số lỗi quan trọng – consistency – trong viết tiếng Anh – Avoiding shifts in writing English [2]

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Misfits and Bad Equations
(sometimes called “Mixed Constructions”)

Bài [2] này có một vài nội dung giống như bài [1], bổ sung thêm ví dụ minh họa.


Think of a sentence as a kind of mathematical structure, an equation requiring two parts: the subject, which is what any sentence is about, and the predicate, which is what we’re going to say about this subject. Sometimes we set up both in ways that are perfectly reasonable, separately, but when we put the two together, they just don’t fit.

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Cách tránh một số lỗi quan trọng – consistency – trong viết tiếng Anh – Avoiding shifts in writing English [1]

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Writers should keep the elements in a sentence consistent, avoiding any unnecessary changes in tense, voice, mood, person, number, and discourse.  Such unnecessary changes, or “shifts”, may make reading difficult and obscure the sentence’s meaning for readers.

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Lưu ý: Một vài động từ có hai dạng quá khứ – Verbs with two different past tense forms

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Verbs with two different past tense forms

While many of the most common verbs in English are irregular (e.g. bring, forget), regular verbs far outnumber them. To form their past tenses regular verbs just add -ed or -d to their base form, e.g. talk => talked.

In particular, verbs that derive from nouns follow this regular pattern without exception. Indeed, this pattern is so firmly imprinted in our brains as a basic process for making nouns into verbs that if you were asked to make the invented noun flixxle into a verb you would automatically know how to.

However, there is a very small group of verbs whose past tenses can be either regular or irregular. They include:

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Thể Giả định – Subjunctive – trong tiếng Anh

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1. What is the subjunctive? 

Some languages have special verb forms called ‘subjunctive’, which are used especially to talk about ‘unreal’ situations: things which are possible, desirable or imaginary. Older English had subjunctives, but in modern English they have mostly been replaced by uses of should, would and other modal verbs, by special uses of past tenses, and by ordinary verb forms. English only has a few subjunctive forms left: third-person singular present verbs without -tejs, (e.g. she see, he have) and special forms of be (e.g. I be, he were). Except for II he/ she/ it were after if, they are not very common.

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Cách viết tiếng Anh [và bất kỳ tiếng nào on earth] ngắn gọn, súc tích – Writing Clear, Concise Sentences

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Nếu bạn đã viết tiếng Việt ngon rồi thì không cần phải đọc bài này làm gì kẻo phí thời gian. Cũng giống nhau cả thôi. Tiếng nào cũng đến thế mà thôi.

Nếu không thì có thể xem thêm bài Nguyên tắc KISS trong viết tiếng Anh – Keep It Short and Simple và bài Làm sao để khỏi “dài dòng văn tự” – wordiness

Và cũng nên xem thêm bài: Cách biến hóa trong viết tiếng Anh (và cả tiếng Việt) để tránh nhàm chán – Variation in writing


 

if-you-cant-explain-it-simply-you-dont-understand-it-well-enough-albert-einstein

 

USE THE ACTIVE VOICE

At the heart of every good sentence is a strong, precise verb; the converse is true as well–at the core of most confusing, awkward, or wordy sentences lies a weak verb.

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Cách tránh lỗi “mập mờ” trong viết tiếng Anh – Avoiding Ambiguity in Your Writing

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Are you looking to add a little more clarity to your writing? If so, here are eight methods for correcting ambiguous expressions, as written by Norman Stageberg in “Ambiguity in College Writing: To a College Freshman.”

Put simply, ambiguity means “multiple meaning”. A word or passage that can be understood or interpreted in more than one way is ambiguous.

  • You see, many hands make light work.

Note: This sentence is ambiguous because of the words “light” and “work.” It is unclear whether light is a noun or adjective, and whether work is a noun or verb. So, readers are left to wonder whether the “light is working,” or the “work is light.”

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Lỗi thường gặp khi sử dụng dấu phẩy (,) – The Most Comma Mistakes

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[Below is a post by Ben Yagoda, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, on New York Times Blog]

Xem thêm bài: Dấu câu: Dấu phẩy (,)


As I noted in my earlier article, rules and conventions about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up. Here are a few of them.

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Ôi, ngữ pháp! Đến dân bản ngữ cũng còn ỏm tỏi với nhau [2]

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Xem thêm bài này: Ôi, ngữ pháp! Đến dân bản ngữ cũng còn ỏm tỏi với nhau [1]


Grammar can be tough. There are a lot of rules to follow, and a lot to wrap your head around. Some of the rules we learn in school, though, aren’t exactly accurate. While some function as helpful guidelines for style and form, other so-called ‘rules’ are inventions, or ‘superstitions,’ as the lexicographer Henry W. Fowler called them.

Here are some common grammar myths:

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Vài quy tắc cơ bản về sử dụng tiếng Anh – elementary rules of English usage

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Form the possessive singular of nouns with ‘s.

Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. Thus write,

Charles’s friend

Burns’s poems

the witch’s malice

This is the usage of the United States Government Printing Office and of the Oxford University Press.

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Tránh lỗi “lộn lèo” – Dangling modifier [2]

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Có nhiều định nghĩa và cách phân loại khác nhau về misplaced và dangling modifier. Chỉ cần hiểu đâu là modifier, nó bổ nghĩa cho yếu tố nào trong câu, và đặt nó đúng chỗ là ổn.


Dangling modifier: 

When we begin a sentence with a modifying word, phrase, or clause, we must make sure the next thing that comes along can, in fact, be modified by that modifier. When a modifier improperly modifies something, it is called a “dangling modifier.” This often happens with beginning participial phrases, making “dangling participles” an all too common phenomenon. In the sentence below, we can’t have a car changing its own oil.

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Thử tý – Accuracy Quiz

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Many people would say there was a “mistake” in each of the following sentences. Can you identify them? For each sentence, please do four things:

  • mark the faulty word or words;
  • briefly describe what is wrong;
  • try to write a correct or improved version;
  • decide how important the mistake is.

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Tránh dùng tiếng Anh kiểu “vỡ lòng” – Avoiding primer language

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(Xem thêm bài Cách nối câu để tránh kiểu “vỡ lòng”)

Primer style is characterized by too many short sentences. It is important to note that there is nothing inherently wrong with short sentences. Too many of them in a small space, however, can remind readers of material they read in kindergarten or first grade: See Dick. See Dick chase Jane. See Jane run.

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Diễn đạt loằng ngoằng bởi nỗi thiếu dấu câu – run-ons, comma splices, fused sentences, sentence fragments…

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Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses

When you want to use commas and semicolons in sentences and when you are concerned about whether a sentence is or is not a fragment, a good way to start is to be able to recognize dependent and independent clauses. The definitions offered below will help you with this.

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Phép so sánh/ví von – simile – trong tiếng Anh

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[Xem thêm bài: Phép ẩn dụ – metaphor – trong tiếng Anh]

Simile

[pronounced: SIM-i-lee]

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog
The Beatles

simile is a figure of speech that says that one thing is like another different thing. We can use similes to make descriptions more emphatic or vivid.

We often use the words as…as and like with similes.

Common patterns for similes, with example sentences, are:

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35 lỗi lính tò te thường mắc trong sử dụng tiếng Anh

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List of common mistakes by beginners:

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Một số Phrasal verbs thông dụng (ngữ động từ/cụm động từ/động từ phức hợp… gọi là gì cũng được)

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Separable Phrasal Verbs

The object may come after the following phrasal verbs or it may separate the two parts:

  • You have to do this paint job over.
  • You have to do over this paint job.

When the object of the following phrasal verbs is a pronoun, the two parts of the phrasal verb must be separated:

  • You have to do it over.

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