Writing Conventions

Writing conventionsThis page is dedicated to writing conventions that are applicable to all types of letter writing and to writing in general.

Below you will find a list of writing conventions that you should attempt to adhere to:

Correct English

  • Make sure that all sentences that you construct are complete and not fragmented.
  • A sentence should not begin with a conjunction (e.g. “but“, “and then“, “as well as”, ” provided that” etc.).
  • All verbs should relate accurately with their subjects.
  • Sentences should not end with prepositions (e.g. “of“, “to“, “in“, “for“, “with” etc.).
  • Infinitives should not be split.
  • Apostrophes indicating possession need to be correctly positioned: before an “s” for singular possession and after an “s” for plural possession. There should be no apostrophe used in plural acronyms and for decades.

Correct Spelling

Correct spelling, particularly when constructing formal letters is extremely important as it portrays an image of the person who has written the letter. The use of incorrect spelling will portray the image of someone who has been careless and is not particularly serious about the message that they are trying to put accross. Take a look at our spelling rules in English guide to familiarise yourself with the most common spelling rules.

If you are writing a hand written letter, get someone to check it through for you, read and re-read your letter yourself. If you are typing a letter using a word processor then use the spell check facility, that’s what it is there for.