1. Tense (Dominant)
|telling a story
describing past occurrences, events, conditions
giving information, relating facts
describing regular occurrences
making comments, giving opinions, drawing conclusions
Present progressive/continuous:describing action in progress (now)
Choice of words depends on:
audience (Who are you writing to?)
self (What are you comfortable with?)
appropriateness (What are the best words to express your ideas?)
3. Sentence structure
|S V (O)
S + V, and S + V
Extra Word S V, S + V
|John read a book.
John read a book, and Mary wrote a letter.
While John read a book, Mary wrote a letter.
4. Paragraph/Essay organization
Time order (chronological)
Order of importance
5. Your decisions depend on:
Why are you writing this?
to tell a story
Whom are you writing to?
the general public
You control the language you use.
It does not control you.