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I Had to Do This: Clarifying Ambiguous Pronouns

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Ambiguous pronouns creep into our work and they're not always easy to spot. <i>We</i> know what they refer to because we wrote …

50 Idioms About Talking

Last week, I offered a roster of synonyms for talk and talking. This list expands on that theme by offering set phrases about talking and their …

Laying it on the Lie: Commonly Misused Words

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>There are some words that trip up just about everyone, and it's hard to remember the correct usage. Words like father …

Punctuation Resources

Punctuation Fact<p>In Spanish, as in English, a question is marked by a question mark. However, the Spanish place an inverted question mark at the …

Using quotation marks with other punctuation

In recognition of National Punctuation Day, I’m going to briefly review the rules for the use of quotation marks with other punctuation (in American …

Dashes And Ellipses

<i>Better late than never, we are now celebrating National Punctuation Day while simultaneously giving me a chance to indulge in a couple of my</i> …

5 Grammar Mistakes that Make You Sound Like a Chimp - Copyblogger

Writing can be really no-win. It’s not fair, but it’s true.<p>If you obsess over every grammatical and structural point, you can come across as stiff. …

A Capital Idea! Knowing What to Capitalize

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Capitalization might seem like a no-brainer, but if you happen to write science fiction or fantasy (and possibly …

5 Parallelism Problems in Sentence Structure

It’s easy to produce a faultily constructed sentence by neglecting to install all the necessary parts. Each of the sentences below lacks a small but …

9 Types of Functional Variation

Usually, we easily identify a word’s part of speech, but a given word’s grammatical category can shift, or one form of the word can differ in meaning …

60 Synonyms for “Walk”

When you walk the walk, talk the talk: Replace the flat-footed verb <i>walk</i> with a more sprightly synonym from this list:<p>1. <b>Amble</b>: walk easily and/or …

10 Types of Hypercorrection

Well-meaning writers and editors sometimes mangle the language they’re trying to manage — a fault called hypercorrection. Errors of this class are …

What Is an Expletive?

What’s an expletive, and is it bad? There are several types of expletives, and though some may be considered offensive, others merely signal passive …