Tag Archives: Grammar

Understanding Plural Nouns

I’m a grammar nerd. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s a bad thing. One of my biggest pet peeves is improper pluralization of a noun. If you read my post about apostrophes, you know I strongly believe that an apostrophe is never (never, ever, ever) used to make a word plural. I hold […]
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Understand and Use the Active Voice

When communicating (be it writing, talking, or any other type of message sending), we have two “voices” we can use–active and passive. At the most basic level, the difference is in how the subject is acting. Consider the following two sentences: The dog chased the rabbit. The rabbit was chased by the dog. In the […]
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Apostrophes: Use Them the Right Way

Apostrophes are possibly one of the most incorrectly used punctuation marks in the English language. They serve two purposes: creating contractions and showing possession. Yep, that’s it. Now, admittedly, if you ask someone else, you’ll likely get a different response, but to me (and to everything I learned back in 7th grade), apostrophes have just […]
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Get Rid of “That”

  We all know what the word “that” means, right? It identifies a specific person or thing. It’s an essential word in the English language, but it’s also a word that gets grossly overused. In my college writing class, we were given 30 minutes to write on a defined topic. At the end of the […]
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Pesky Pronouns

The English language is confusing and contradictory. Pronouns are no exception. Pronouns are those words that take the place of a noun – I, he, it, they, etc. What gets confusing is when to use which one. Many of us have been so conditioned to hear (and thus, say) “Jacob and I,” that we now think […]
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Who’s vs. Whose

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it forever…the English language is confusing, contradictory, and full of exceptions to the rules. Let’s look at two words – who’s and whose. We often think of the apostrophe as indicating ownership (this is Jodi’s computer), but in this case, the apostrophe means letters have been omitted. Who’s is a […]
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Basic Sentence Structure

The English language is confusing – to say the least. Sentence structure is tough, and many people struggle to write a complete sentence. In English, we have four main types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. The Simple Sentence The simple sentence is just that! It’s a single independent clause (labeled I), which means […]
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Five Tips for Effective, Efficient Writing

In high school, I (like many people) took a creative writing class. The goal was simple – write as much as possible. Don’t worry about proofreading or proper punctuation. Use AS MUCH detail and flowery description as you can. Then I got into business and learned everything about that is WRONG for business writing. The […]
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Proper Writing Essential for Professional Image

Like it or not, we are judged (and we judge) on a daily basis. We send nonverbal signals constantly whether we’re aware of them or not. Our posture, attentiveness, clothing, eye contact, and even our writing all send messages to our audience. A well-written message is easy to understand, clearly communicates our intent, and motivates […]
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