world where every nanosecond counts, you need to multitask, absorb
information in a heartbeat, and make rapid-fire decisions. You need to be
agile, nimble, quick.
You also need to know something people have known since the beginning of
beyond the plain and simple to the nuanced and complex, to go beyond 140
characters to carefully structured paragraphs that are logically arranged
into a coherent whole, you need to slow down. You need to learn the
the wonderful things they do, computers get in our way. They seduce us
with their mind-boggling features and distract us from more important
matters. Even as they empower us, they undermine our abilities.
estimation, we’re losing ground in the following areas. I invite you to
prove me wrong.
the errors in the following sentences:
Computers save us time, however, they also waste our time.
2. I love
my job (especially my three weeks’ vacation.)
the correct word:
principal/principle concern is economic justice.
their grand opening, they offered complementary/complimentary
Breadth in vocabulary
Sensitivity to appropriate level of formality
the first sentence to make it less stilted, and the second to make it more
7. It is
my recommendation that we undertake a study of this issue.
8. We are
looking to improve customer service.
Variety in sentence structure
a periodic sentence.
Restructure the first sentence of the third paragraph in this column to
make it a loose sentence.
the three parts of a standard paragraph.
connect your thought to a previous paragraph, open the next paragraph with
what type of sentence?
Replace the comma after time with a period or a semicolon to
correct the comma splice.
the period outside the closing parenthesis. (Three weeks’ vacation
Erroneous, fabricated, contrived, spurious, specious, etc.
Ordinary, banal, mundane, pedestrian, quotidian, etc.
recommend we study this issue.
8. We are
committed or dedicated to improving customer service.
9. In a
periodic sentence, a series of phrases or clauses appears before the main
clause (unlike a loose sentence, in which a series of phrases or clauses
appears after the main clause).
need to slow down to go beyond . . . to go beyond . . .
Topic, development, resolution
a transitional topic sentence, such as “Despite its many benefits, the
computer undermines our relationship with language.”
is if you’re 30 years old or younger, you scored six or lower, and if
you’re 31 or older, you scored 7 or higher.
we love our devices, we need to be aware of their limitations. In some
ways the computer helps, but in other ways it hinders.