August 12, 2019

The Reason Why

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Should you choose "the reason that" over "the reason why" every time? Some people say yes. But it's not that simple. Here's what you need to know.

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August 5, 2019

Neologisms and When to Use Them

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Newly coined terms can be extremely useful, but you take a risk by using them. Here are guidelines for using them well.

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July 29, 2019

Mexico Take Gold Cup? Or Takes?

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Making verbs agree with teams and groups can be tricky. Here's what you need to know.

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July 22, 2019

The Power of 'The'

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The definite article "the" puts a burden on your reader. It says, "I already expect you to know which thing I'm talking about." That's why "the" should be handled with care. Here's a good way to understand it.

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July 15, 2019

Gauntlet vs. Gantlet

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You throw down the gauntlet and run the gantlet. But can you also run the gauntlet? Actually, yes. Here's the full story.

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July 8, 2019

The Three Verb Types

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Verbs come in three flavors: transitive, intransitive and linking. Here's why that's important.

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July 1, 2019

Eat, Ate, Eaten: Form Types of Verbs

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Verbs have five form types and knowing them can help you get a better handle on grammar — especially when you're having trouble knowing which form to use. Here's an overview.

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June 24, 2019

Mastering Longer Sentences

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Contrary to what some people will tell you, long sentences aren't necessarily bad. But they can get bad very fast if you don't keep a tight rein on the structure. The best way to keep a handle on them is to know a few things about grammar. Here's what you need to know.

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June 10, 2019

What Not to Capitalize

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Do you capitalize the S in "Senator John Doe"? How about if you're just talking about a generic senator? And what about certain dishes like "Steak Dianne"? Does that S really need to be capitalized? Here are a few finer points of capitalization to be aware of.

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May 28, 2019

Metaconcepts

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If you want to avoid stuffy language and let the substance of your message to shine through, you need to know about metaconcepts.

Metaconcepts are concepts about concepts — terms like approach, assumption, condition, context, framework, issue, level, model, perspective, process, prospect, role, strategy, subject, tendency, variable and even concept itself. These words take simple, straightforward ideas and dilute them down to abstractions buried under layers of concepts upon concepts. Here’s what you need to know.

 

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