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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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A Museum for Lovers of Words? This I’ve Got to See!

A new museum (yes, another one) is coming to Washington, D.C. and will open December 2019. It promises to immerse visitors in the wonders and rewards of words and language arts. It’s called Planet Word. And, its mission is to … Continue reading

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Are Writers Who Use Abbreviations Just Lazy?

  An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. An acronym is one type of abbreviation that uses the initial letters of a group of words. Abbreviations and acronyms have been used ever since man started writing, … Continue reading

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Oral or Verbal: What’s the Difference?

  Today, I was working on editing a script and came across the use of oral. I pondered whether it would have been more appropriate to use verbal. After some investigation, I concluded that they may be used interchangeably. English is defined by … Continue reading

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