The English language grows and changes every day, which means grammar rules must change with it. One such rule is ending a sentence with a preposition. Yes, you can do it! In fact, I’d say you should! (more…)
If you’re like me, adding ’s to the end of a word that already ends in an s to make it possessive is almost a physically painful experience. It’s not what I was taught, and it just looks wrong! But the rules have changed over the years, so I must—begrudgingly—teach you the new ways. (more…)
The first time (that I know of) I was plagiarized was in college. Someone had copied and pasted at least three of my sentences on an online message board where we were to post weekly thoughts about our assigned material. Now, these weren’t commonly worded sentences, so it wasn’t coincidental—I knew I had been plagiarized. (more…)
“Since writing my previous article on “Words to Start Spelling Correctly,” I’ve keep a list of misspellings I’ve come across while editing. I’ve gathered enough to write about, so here are more common misspellings, some of which are homophones (words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings), and tricks to help remember the differences! (more…)
Here are the reports you asked me to send you.
If the greeting in this e-mail looks similar to your daily e-mails, you’re doing it wrong. You’re not the only one, though, so don’t give yourself too much grief (just a little). Every day, I receive e-mails that share this same mistake. Have you spotted it yet? (more…)
One of the most important steps to take before you send your manuscript to your designer or your editor is to set the headings. This is crucial if you have sections and subsections in your manuscript. (more…)