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Being Possessive

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When to Use Em Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas?

According to Roy Peter Clark, in Writing Tools: Fifty Essential Strategies for Every Writer, “Punctuation comes from the Latin word punctus, or “point.” Those funny dots, lines, and squiggles help writers point the way. “There is a tendency to use … Continue reading

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Use productive tools to keep your reader focused

  One way to diminish the effect of your message is to load it up with words that are neither useful nor productive. Two ways to kill your message: Write too many words to say something. Write something that does … Continue reading

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Tips for using a and an before words that start with h or u.

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Tips for using a and an before words that start with h or u.

  This is a small thing, but it makes your writing so much more credible. It’s all in the details! Use a before words that start with the enunciated letter h: History. A history class about famous churches. Hazard. Going … Continue reading

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My Take on Using Themself as a Gender-neutral Pronoun

At least take your phone with you. A person should be careful when walking alone; they could find Continue reading

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Simple Habits of Good Reading Make Good Writers

Before you read As you read After you read Set a goal to read one book a year, a month, every six months—what-ever is easy for you. Pick a book on atopic that interests you. Set a time to read … Continue reading

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