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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 to illustrate the distinction.
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Guidelines for using parentheses

August 8, 2016
Parentheses are one form of punctuation that can cause some confusion. Some people have trouble determining when to use them, while others may apply them without really knowing if parentheses are the most appropriate punctuation.
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Finding the right word

May 16, 2016
Can you choose the correct word in each sentence?
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