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Part: 6 In Your Write Mind > Glossary - Pg. 276

Glossary 276 mechanics Involves aspects of correct writing format, such as spelling; punctuation; use of abbreviations, numbers, capitalization, and italics. metaphors Figures of speech that compare two unlike things. The more familiar thing helps describe the less familiar one. misplaced modifier A phrase, clause, or word placed too far from the word or words it modifies. mixed metaphors A combination of images that do not work well together. They occur when writers string together clichés. mood Shows the attitude expressed toward the action. It refers to the ability of verbs to convey a writer's attitude toward a subject. noun clause A dependent clause that functions as a noun. nouns Words that name a person, place, or thing. number Refers to the two forms of a word: singular (one) or plural (more than one). parallel structure Means putting ideas of the same rank in the same grammatical structure. participle A form of a verb that functions as an adjective. There are two kinds of participles: present