Conventions

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Looking at conventions  is examining the mechanical correctness of the piece and includes five elements: spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, grammar/usage, and paragraphing. Writing that is strong in Conventions has been proofread and edited with care. Since this has so many pieces to it, it’s almost an analytical trait within an analytic system. As you assess a piece for convention, ask yourself: “How much work would a copy editor need to do to prepare the piece for publication?” This will keep all of the elements in conventions equally in play.  (Handwriting and neatness are not part of this trait. They belong with Presentation.)

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