November 17, 2014

Misleading Connectives

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Along with, as well as, in addition to, accompanied by, added to, coupled with, and together with are often the culprits behind subject-verb agreement problems. Here's how to handle them.

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November 10, 2014

The Zero Relative

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Is it "the car that he bought" or "the car he bought"? In English, both forms mean the same thing and when you drop "that" it's called the zero relative. Here's the full story.

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November 3, 2014

Take It Easy on the Tech Speak

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Sometimes, you have to get technical. But the goal is to keep your reader's eyes from glossing over.

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October 27, 2014

When to Use the First Person

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Some novice writers hesitate to use the first person, as if it's too informal for any type of writing. But the first-person is appropriate in a lot situations. Here's how to make the call.

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October 20, 2014

Into, In To, Onto, On To

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When "in" or "on" is part of the verb, use the two-word "in to" or "on to." Otherwise, you can use the one-word forms. Here's the full story.

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October 13, 2014

The Comma Splice

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Everything you need to know about this famous punctuation problem.

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October 6, 2014

While vs. Though or Although

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Contrary to popular belief, "while" can be used to mean "though" or "although." But whether you should use it that way is a different matter.

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September 29, 2014

Palm Off vs. Pawn Off

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Can you "pawn off" some unwanted item onto a friend or loved one? Not really, no. Here are the details ...

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September 22, 2014

Relative Pronoun Antecedent Agreement

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Would you write "It is I who am" or "It is I who is"? And, more important, how can you be sure it's right? The answer lies in the concept known as relative pronoun antecedent agreement and, spoiler alert, the first of our two examples is the one you want. Here's the full explanation.

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September 15, 2014

Appositives

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Some grammar terms aren't important to know. But others can lead you to better use of the language. "Appositive," which means a noun phrase that restates another noun phrase, is one worth learning.

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