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5 punctuation traps to avoid at work

We grow up learning about spelling and punctuation in school, but mistakes still have the potential to creep up on us when we’re well into our …

Writing

3 Tools for Recording Time-stamped Video Notes

There are plenty of tools for creating flipped video lessons in which students answer the questions that you create for them. EdPuzzle and PlayPosit …

Financial Ratios Are How You Know If What You're Doing Is Working

Knowing how much debt you have will tell you how profitable you could be.<p>Being an entrepreneur for more than 30 years has taught me how important it is to track data about my business. But, I didn’t always take the same approach.<p>During the early years, I was so busy trying to build my company that …

five-paragraph essay

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Definition<p>A <i>five-paragraph essay</i> is a prose composition that follows a prescribed format of an …

sentence combining (grammar and composition)

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p><b>Definition</b><p><i>Sentence combining</i> is the process of joining two or more short, simple sentences to make one …

Teaching Topic Sentences Using Models

Crafting Good Topic Sentences that Focus the Reader<p>Topic sentences can be likened to miniature thesis statements for individual paragraphs. The topic …

11 Grammar Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next Work E-Mail

Make a good impression in person <i>and</i> in writing. A professional and well-written e-mail tells the person you are communicating with that she deserves …

6 Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Make fewer (or is it less?!) errors with these expert tips.<p><i>This story originally appeared on Realsimple.com.</i><p>I or Me after a preposition and another …

Getting Your Subjects to Agree with Verbs

No one wants a grammar argument, so if your subjects and verbs are fighting, you have a problem on your hands. Subject-verb agreement refers to …

Linguistics

10 mistakes made by learners of English

Do learners of English make particular mistakes in grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary depending on their mother tongue? (While linguists …

Grammar

The Top 10: Adjectives That Come After the Noun

This list started with (all right, was stolen from) a tweet by Dafydd Foster Evans, who pointed out, as a matter of “random linguistic nerdery” that …

Think you can spell? Take our quiz on the 20 most commonly misspelled words and prove it

<b>Spelling is a tricky business, especially as there are so many rules with inconsistencies in the English language. 20 of the most commonly misspelled</b> …

8 common grammar mistakes and how to avoid them

Photo: iStock<p>Writing an article like this is just asking for trouble. Already, I can hear one reader asking “Why do you need <i>just</i>?” Another suggesting …

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Words Everyone Should Know How to Spell — and Why We Can't Remember Them

There's a member of my family who cannot, for the life of him, spell "definitely." He'll spell it with two f's or two t's, or leave out the e. No …

17 Corny Grammar Jokes That Are Really Great And Really Corny

Don't find these funny? ::: pats shoulder ::: Their, there, they're.

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This Infographic Lists 128 Words You Can Use Instead of “Very”

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a …

Infographics

25 Bad Words That Make Other People Feel Inferior

Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Did you know that in every language, there are more negative words than positive ones? It seems we need lots of words to describe our negative feelings, but we're content with a handful of positive ones.<p>For …

Self-help

The Great Grammar Debate: 5 Books on How to Write ‘Right’

If, as Oliver Kamm writes in his new book <i>Accidence Will Happen</i>, “learning rules of language is part of what it is to be human,” then arguing over what those rules are, and if they matter, is most certainly another part. Can you start a sentence with ‘hopefully?’ Is confusing ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ an …

Writing

7 things the wealthy 10% understand that the other 90% are missing

<i>This post from Ron Rule, CEO of As Seen on TV, originally appeared on Quora as an answer to the question, "What knowledge does the wealthy 10% understand that the other 90% are missing?"</i>

Self-improvement

Best Infographic Tools: Piktochart Ipad App Review

Looking for the best infographic tools?Technically, you won’t need tools; you only need one app!That’s where Pikochart comes in the picture.Several …

Infographics

How to... Use technology to support assessment

This website and app allows you to make quizzes, questionnaires and tests, and then send them to your students. When pupils complete the questions, …

How to transform how students showcase their learning

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the three great Adobe apps; Slate, Voice and Post for some time now. Just when I thought things couldn’t get …

Education Technology

Google's Science Journal app helps kids explore the world around them

In an effort to help kids explore the world around them in a scientific way, Google has launched a new app called Science Journal. With the app in …

How Shakespeare Changed the Way We Speak English

William Shakespeare had a way with words that helped shape the way we now speak English.<p>The 400th anniversary of his death, on April 23, 2016 is …

16 Things Grammar Pedants Get Wrong

Pedants are always telling us about the “grammar mistakes” we all make, such as saying “nearly unique” or using “impact” as a verb. But the pedants are wrong.<p>The use of "anticipate" to mean "expect" drives grammar pedants insane. Instead, they say, "anticipate" should be used to mean "acting in …

20 misused English words that make smart people look silly

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because …

Language

How to record phone calls on iPhone, no jailbreak or additional apps required

Apple’s gone to great lengths to guarantee the privacy of your phone calls. For instance, when you call someone or receive a call, audio from the …

iOS

How to Master Microsoft Office Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is the de facto email and calendaring client in most offices—and it can help manage your tasks and notes as well. Beyond just …