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Eliminate wordiness when you mean ‘because’

February 5, 2018

There are a lot of ways to say “because,” including “due to,” “since” and “as.” Bonnie Mills sorts out the best ways to use these words.

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Subjects and verbs getting along?

January 5, 2018

Subject-verb agreement means you pair singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs. Basic subject-verb agreement comes naturally for most native English speakers, but certain combinations can trip up even seasoned writers. Some tips.

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Comprise, compose or consitute?

December 7, 2017

Here are examples of the correct ways to use comprise, compose, and constitute.

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Avoid common spelling errors in idioms

November 2, 2017

Mark Nichol, writing at Daily Writing Tips, offers a list of common spelling mistakes in idioms.

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Edit and proofread your own writing

October 5, 2017
A second pair of eyes is always ideal, but having to apply your skills without a safety net will always happen at some point.
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‘Into’ and ‘Onto’ vs. ‘In To’ and ‘On To’

August 3, 2017
Here’s a classic is-it-this-way or is-it-that-way problem that a lot of people get wrong.
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Words are too long–let’s shorten them!

June 6, 2017
Knowing the difference between the types of phrase shorteners can help you use them correctly in writing.
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Make the colon your punctuation ally

April 6, 2017
Colons are most often used when introducing a list, and their primary function is to tell the reader that more information is on its way.
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Beware the meaning-changing apostrophe

March 3, 2017
Apostrophes can be tricky and are frequently misused, especially in attempts to distinguish between a descriptive plural word and plural ownership.
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The quiet differences between ‘out loud’ and ‘aloud’

February 2, 2017
Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl offers some tips for instances where using one of the two may be the better option.
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