using dashes

Using Dashes: Em Dash vs. En Dash

Apr 13, 2018 in Grammar

  You know how it is. You’re at a party, chatting merrily, and then someone brings up the em dash. You nod wisely, hoping no…

verbs vs adverbs

Grammar 101: Verbs vs. Adverbs

Apr 04, 2018 in Grammar

  What are verbs and adverbs? Simple! An adverb is a verb that has gone into advertising. Okay, that was a joke. But in fact,…

compound word

What Is a Compound Word?

Mar 29, 2018 in Grammar

  Scientists are big into molecular compounds, and there is something kind of magical about them. You can start with a couple of atoms of…

online editing companies vs. grammar checkers

Online Editing Companies vs. Grammar Checkers

Mar 15, 2018 in Editing

Technology is great…when it works. It's more fun, for example, to lazily watch the Roomba chase your dog around the living room than push a…

Commas in Dates

Commas in Dates: How Do You Write a Date?

Mar 08, 2018 in Grammar

  Using commas in dates in the American format requires that we separate the weekday from the month and the date from the year with…

what is a conjunction

What Is a Conjunction?

Mar 01, 2018 in Grammar

So what is a conjunction, anyway? A conjunction is a word or set of words used to connect sentence elements. Conjunctions connect thoughts, actions, ideas,…

official letter

How to Write an Official Letter

Feb 22, 2018 in Writing

  A well-written official letter can make a strong impression—far stronger than even the most elegantly phrased email (and it’s much more professional than a…

Emigrate vs Immigrate

Emigrate vs. Immigrate: Are You In or Out?

Feb 15, 2018 in Grammar

  You’ve come here to learn when to use emigrate vs. immigrate. But before we move forward, tell us: Are you in, or are you…

Character Sketch

How to Make a Character Sketch

Feb 08, 2018 in Writing

Writers use character sketches as quick references for their stories. The sketch is a guide the writer uses as a reference for adding more detail…

Affect vs Effect

How “Affect vs. Effect” Affects Your Writing

Jan 31, 2018 in Grammar

  “Affect” is normally a verb meaning to change, impact, or influence. “Effect” is usually a noun meaning the result of a change. On the…

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