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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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Quiz: Do you misuse these phrases?

September 25, 2013
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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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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Appositives and the comma conundrum

May 22, 2013
Plenty of people find themselves wondering if they’re using commas correctly, or worse, unknowingly using them incorrectly. No need to fear, though. “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty has some grammar reminders to help you become more comma-savvy.
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5 ways to improve your writing skills

February 28, 2013

Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn your colleagues’ trust and move you up in your career, says author and writing coach Roger C. Parker. Five suggestions to help you improve your writing:

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Acronyms and abbreviations

December 11, 2012

Acronyms and abbreviations are a great way to tighten up your writing and save yourself some keystrokes, but they’re only clear to insiders who use them on a regular basis. Good writers are careful to follow these rules for using acronyms and abbreviations.

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Are double words allowed?

November 20, 2012

Microsoft Word’s grammar check alerts you when you repeat a word, but is repeating a word always wrong? Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, says no. Here are several examples to illustrate when it’s perfectly fine to repeat a word.

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The scoop behind ‘hopefully’

July 16, 2012
The Associated Press Style­­book has given its blessing to using the adverb hopefully, meaning “it is hoped.”“This may not seem like a big deal, but to many linguistic sticklers it is the end of the world of correctness,” Lynn Gaertner-Johnston noted.
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Sentence beginnings and endings

May 15, 2012

What’s the rule on these four sentence-starting and -stopping strategies? 1. Starting a sentence with “and” or “but.” 2. Launching a sentence with “There is” or “There are.” 3. Ending a sentence with a preposition. 4. Starting a sentence with “how­­ever.”

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