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Use the En Dash

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The Lowdown on Loath and Loathe

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Do You Converse or Conversate?

This question has popped up in my email and phone conversations with folks from their Covid-19 shelters. So, I decided to address when to use each word. First things first. Definitions: Converse (v.) to engage in conversation. Standard English used … Continue reading

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How to Craft a Good Message

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Use the Period to Command Attention

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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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