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A good word to use:

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The that/which dilemma:Which one to use when

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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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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

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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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