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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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Less is More: Write Better Sentences

If you’re an analytical nerd like me, you know every sentence can be dissected and labeled by its structure and included word types. For example, that first sentence’s structure was D,I: dependent clause, (comma) independent clause. The most basic sentence type is a simple sentence, or a single independent clause (I). For example: I am […]
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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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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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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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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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