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Compare to versus Compare With

Compare to versus Compare With

Written by on June 27, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Compare to and Compare With Some authors claim that compare to versus compare with is a useless argument–that they mean essentially the same thing, but this is not supported by actual data. The verb compare has several different meanings, some of which take the preposition “to”, while the others take “with”: Compare A to B […]

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When to Use Of

When to Use Of

Written by on May 9, 2017 in blog with 0 Comments

When to Use Of—and When Not To Some people say it’s easy to know when to use of; others say it’s easier to know when not to use of. For one thing, I often see the phrase off of used, and I can’t think of a single example when it would be appropriate unless someone was […]

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Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Written by on April 25, 2017 in blog, ebooks, self-publishing, Uncategorized, writing with 0 Comments

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do I don’t know why I’m writing this, except to help out those who are foolish enough to try to edit a manuscript themselves. It’s not something I recommend; in fact, I strongly oppose it. I write blog posts without editors, but I wouldn’t think of releasing […]

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Communication or Communications

Communication or Communications

Written by on January 11, 2017 in blog with 0 Comments

Communication or Communications Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see the following listed as requirements on a job description: candidate must possess good oral and written communications skills. But is it communication or communications. What’s wrong with that? Nothing is wrong with the requested requirement, but it should have read, candidate must possess good oral […]

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Lie, Lay, and Laid, the Most Confusing?

Lie, Lay, and Laid, the Most Confusing?

Written by on December 28, 2016 in blog with 1 Comment

How to Use Lie, Lay, and Laid and Lain I don’t know if I ever heard anyone use, or even try to use, lain in the proper manner; however, lie, lay, and laid are different stories. And no matter how many times we have been taught, the rules don’t seem to stick. Lie, lay, and […]

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The Importance of Punctuation

The Importance of Punctuation

Written by on December 14, 2016 in blog with 0 Comments

The Importance of Punctuation Parentheses ( ) —and when to use them. I’m guessing most of you know the way to use parentheses, but you might be surprised at some of the rules, especially the ones about how to punctuate them. Let’s take a look. The importance of punctuation is…well, important. I know what you’re […]

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Wordiness, and How to Avoid It

Wordiness, and How to Avoid It

Written by on November 30, 2016 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Wordiness Communication is so important in today’s world, that I’m always puzzled by the terrible misuse of the language. Many people seem to go out of their way to make things sound complicated; in fact, the legal and insurance businesses do it on purpose, I’m sure. They fill their documents and contracts with wordiness so […]

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Writing Faster, *And* With No Mistakes

Writing Faster, *And* With No Mistakes

Written by on November 22, 2016 in blog with 0 Comments

learn the secret to writing faster with fewer mistakes.

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Grammar Doesn’t Matter — or Does It?

Grammar Doesn’t Matter — or Does It?

Written by on November 16, 2016 in blog with 0 Comments

Grammar Doesn’t Matter—or Does It? 17 Time-Consuming Words/Phrases That Make You Look Like An Ass (And, waste your time) There are a lot of people who like to sound intelligent, but at the same time the speak as if grammar doesn’t matter. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to sound intelligent, but they go about it […]

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Student-Loan Debt & College Degrees

Student-Loan Debt & College Degrees

Written by on October 18, 2016 in blog, education, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Do you need a college degree to be a success? You might be surprised.

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