December 15, 2014

Forming Plurals of Latin-derived Words

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Cactuses, cacti? Priuses, Prii? The answers are easier than you think.

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December 8, 2014

Sentence Fragments

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They're not as horrible as your English teacher said ... if you use them right.

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December 1, 2014

'The Reason Why'

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The "why" is unnecessary. So is this really such an awful error? No. And here's the reason why ...

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November 24, 2014

Well-paying but Good-looking?

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Every wonder why "well-paying" uses the adverb "well" while "good-looking" uses the adjective "good"? To understand why, you need to know about copular verbs -- which are the same reason that you use an adjective in "He seems nice" even though you use an adverb in "He sings nicely." Here's the full story.

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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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