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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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“I’m filing, but I can’t find anything!” 8 Rules to make your filing consistent and efficient

1 Transpose names of individuals when filing: last name, first name/initial, middle name/initial. So, Donna Mae Marks should be filed under Marks, Donna Mae Mary J. Blige should be filed under Blige, Mary J.Michael B. Jordan should be filed under Jordan, … Continue reading

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Take the hesitation out of using a comma

“I hate commas; it seems so random the way they are used.” “It is so hard to know when to use the comma.” These are common complaints that I’ve heard about this most ubiquitous of punctuation marks. The comma simply … Continue reading

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Simple Shortcuts to Make Work Easier

Use shortcuts and spend less time composing in Microsoft Word and Excel. Some of them you already know. Start using the ones you do not know. Substitute command for ctrl on the Mac. Shortcuts without using your mouse: Move right … Continue reading

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When a Noun Is Possessive…

The possessive: Joe’s heart belongs to me. One of the main functions of the apostrophe is to indicate the possessive. Mastering the possessive is often a slippery proposition for many writers. Rules for using the apostrophe tend to get murky … Continue reading

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Hyphenate like a boss

Automatic hyphenation is a feature of all word processing programs used today. When this feature is on, the program consults its own dictionary to select word breaks. However, follow these tips to present a well-written, credible document. Proofreading After completing … Continue reading

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