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Wrestling with “off of” and “off”

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Wrestling with “off of” and “off”

Recently, I was asked about the validity of using the prepositional phrase off of. How viable is it for use in standard English. Is it distasteful and should be avoided? Well, generally speaking, prepositions that are superfluous to the meaning … Continue reading

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How Should I Talk to the Babies?

  Babies are a popular source of conversation in my life these days. My daughter is getting ready to have one in a few months, my nieces and nephew had one recently, several of my colleagues are new parents and … Continue reading

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A Tool for Those Who Edit

Whether you’re doing a quality control check of your own work or you’re an editor of another person’s good work, this checklist is a thorough tool. You may not need to address all the items, but whatever you need is … Continue reading

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More on why we need a style guide

Check out this post from Iva Cheung for more on the critical need to have a well-thought-out style guide for your organization’s communications. House style and the zombie apocalypse: How a poorly thought-out style guide can cost you See my … Continue reading

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Punctuation for lists (Part 2)

Display lists are ideal when you want to list three or more items in your document. It is easier for your readers to follow, since they are visually itemized and easier to remember and make reference to the issues being … Continue reading

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Punctuation for lists (Part 1)

DISPLAY LISTS ARE IDEAL when you want to list three or more items in your document. It is easier for your readers to follow, since they are visually itemized and easier to remember and make reference to the issues being … Continue reading

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