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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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Correctly use Until, Till and ‘Til

December 1, 2016
If you have trouble distinguishing the differences between “until,” “till” and “ ’til,” these tips from Marko Ticak at Grammarly can help get you on the right track.
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Using ‘to’ and ‘too’

October 6, 2016
“To” and “too” are homophones, which means they are pronounced the same but have different meanings—and that means they’re easily confused.
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When to use ‘between’ and ‘among’

August 30, 2016
The words between and among aren’t always interchangeable. Mignon Fogarty shared examples at QuickandDirtyTips.com to illustrate the distinction.
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