Posted on 01/21/2020 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The trick to remembering how many l's belong in the past tense and gerund form of cancel should be pretty...

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Posted on 01/14/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Have you been wondering about “awhile” versus “a while” for a period of time? Well, good news: Writer’s Digest editor...

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Posted on 01/06/2020 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

During the creative-writing portion of eighth-grade English class, the teacher gave us a handout of one hundred ways to say...

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Posted on 12/31/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

What else is ubiquitous this time of year besides year-end lists and predictions for the future? The exclamation point! Think...

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Posted on 12/20/2019 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer’s Digest has an update to a nearly ten-year-old grammar tip. Since both the Chicago and Associated Press style books...

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Posted on 11/06/2019 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Rules comfort some of us — and chafe many others. We have some good news for writers in the latter...

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Posted on 11/03/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You’re welcome to write in any verb tense you want, in one experienced editor’s opinion. But that being said —...

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Posted on 10/29/2019 at 12:14 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bookworks' Karen Conlin says she decided to write about possession in honor of Halloween. But in scrolling through her refresher...

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Posted on 10/19/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In the grand scheme of grammar, whether to put “on” before a date isn’t the most important question to consider....

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Tagged As: Grammar Girl, Language

Posted on 10/16/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Compound subjects seem to compound the difficulty of using possessive pronouns, based on what Grammar Girl is seeing. Thankfully, Mignon...

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Tagged As: Grammar Girl, Language