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Avoid these Weird Al ‘word crimes’

October 8, 2014
Weird Al Yankovic made grammar funny with his “Word Crimes” parody of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video this summer. Weird Al brought up some good grammar points that are important for everyone to remember, says News to Live By Managing Editor Danny Rubin.
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10 common grammar mistakes to avoid

October 6, 2014
Most grammar mistakes can be avoided if you have the discipline to re-read your work before printing, submitting or pressing send, so put these reminders from experienced copywriter Hayley Mullen to use next time you sit down to put your thoughts in writing.
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Banish unnecessary prepositions

August 26, 2014
Many writers develop their own quirks and styles over time, and it’s possible to identify their writing just by the words and phrases they use. One common style quirk is using prepositions too much, especially the word “of,” says Grammar Girl blogger Mignon Fogarty. “Overusing it can make your writing sound passive and fussy.”
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Quiz: Do you misuse these phrases?

August 13, 2014
Many misused words and phrases have be­­come so common they’re now in­­cluded in some dictionaries, but they once had correct usages. Here’s a list of phrases you might be saying wrong.
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What exactly does ‘diversity’ refer to?

July 7, 2014
Bloggers and English language experts Patricia O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman checked with eight standard dictionaries and found no restriction on the usage of “diversity” beyond race or gender.
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Write it right

June 16, 2014

You have only one chance to make a great first impression, especially when that first impression is probably an email or a document. Here are the top three online subscription-based grammar services, according to the 2014 Best On­­­line Grammar Checker Reviews and Comparisons.

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Follow 3 rules for quotation marks

May 14, 2014
Quotation marks are an important part of your writing, but are you using them correctly with other punctuation? There are some potentially confusing rules, but you need to get them right to make sure people understand what you’re saying.
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How to Tweet like a professional

March 17, 2014
Twitter is a powerful tool for developing your personal brand, but only if you use it to establish a positive reputation. That means you need to watch what you write and how you write it. How to tweet to impress:
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Setting up a company style sheet

January 30, 2014
To help you and your colleagues stay consistent in your written communications, Bonnie Trenga Mills, author of The Curious Case of the Mis­­placed Modi­­fier, shares tips on how to make a style sheet for everyone’s reference.
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10 tricky words to watch when you write

August 28, 2013

It’s easy for mistakes to slip into your business writing when you use fancy-sounding phrases without really knowing what you’re saying. Here’s a list of 10 tricky words to use with care in your business writing.

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