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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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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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“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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