Metaphors and Similes

Oct 17, 2018 in Grammar

There is such power in language—it shapes our ideas and reflects them. It can inspire or infuriate, heal or damage, inform or confuse. And it…

commas and conjunctions

Commas and Conjunctions

Oct 10, 2018 in Grammar

No one wants to think too hard about comma use, but then you’re faced with a research paper or you have to write a company…

collaboration vs. cooperation

Collaboration vs. Cooperation: Work with Me Here, Will You?

Oct 05, 2018 in Grammar

In the business world, the words “collaboration” and “cooperation” are commonly used interchangeably, without regard to their unique meanings. Look at any job description, and…

less vs. fewer

Less vs. Fewer: Fewer Grammar Rules Are Understood Less

Sep 27, 2018 in Grammar

You’re self-checking groceries in the supermarket express lane when, without warning, the English teacher behind you in line yells “Fewer!” You check your cart and…

high school book report

How to Write a High School Book Report

Sep 19, 2018 in Writing

Writing a high school book report can be intimidating, but by keeping a few things in mind, anyone can get the hang of it. There…

how to write a synopsis

How to Write a Synopsis

Sep 13, 2018 in Writing

If you’re a writer, you definitely need to know how to write a synopsis for a book. Why? Because when you query an agent or…

than vs. then

Than vs. Then: It’s Easier Than You Think

Sep 06, 2018 in Grammar

What a difference one letter can make. Than and then look and sound almost exactly the same, so it’s easy to get them confused. However,…

Sympathy vs. Empathy

Sympathy vs. Empathy: We’re About to Get Emotional

Aug 23, 2018 in Grammar

As an editor, I feel real sympathy—or do I mean empathy?—for writers wrangling with the complexities of English grammar—including figuring out sympathy vs. empathy—and which is better suited…

meteor vs. meteorite

Meteor vs. Meteorite: An Impactful Difference

Aug 16, 2018 in Grammar

  Look up at the night sky. Hurry, or you’ll miss it. What’s that streak of light flashing through the inky blackness of space? A…

there vs. their

There vs. Their: Location, Location, Location

Aug 08, 2018 in Grammar

There vs. their is one of the most common linguistic bar fights in the English language. The two words are pronounced exactly the same way…

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