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About The dutty is "the ground," the foundation, the earth--just like words are part of the foundation on which I build my life.

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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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Which Verb is it? Bear or Bare

The verb to bear is sometimes confused with to bare. Here is a quick tip on the difference. The verb bear has a variety of meanings: to hold, to support, to exhibit, to carry oneself in a specific way, to endure, to give birth to, bear down, bear … Continue reading

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Are you still typing two spaces after the period in your documents?

Stop it. Your computer is not a typewriter! I recently received a rash of queries about whether it is best practice to put two spaces after a period in a letter or other document. Your word processing software is equipped … Continue reading

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