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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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To Be a Smooth Writer, Use Transitional Words and Phrases

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Different ways to acknowledge sources in your work

All stylebooks suggest the same information regarding citing and acknowledging sources; however, the order of that information varies based on how different academic fields prioritize different elements of a source of works cited or list of references.  The Modern Language … Continue reading

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Using quotation marks in your document? Keep commas and periods inside

In American English, place commas and periods inside the closing quotation mark (unlike British English). This practice came from a time when type was set by hand. The delicate period and comma outside of quotation marks at the end of … Continue reading

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