L.A. Kennedy

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A mixed construction is a sentence with incompatible elements that begins with one type of structure and shifts to another type of structure. In these sentences, the speaker sets out to say one thing and abruptly switches to something else, resulting in confusion. A sentence that is logical has a subject and a predicate. When …

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Veronica Ramirez Day-to-day communication can get boring. There are only so many “Sounds good” and “Let me know” emails, texts, and Slack messages you can send and read each day without your eyes glazing over. While there are some communications that have to use plain language to be accurate, there are ways to spice up …

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Jessica Focht via Grammarly Stephen King wrote in his memoir, On Writing, “To write is human, to edit is divine.” This quotation suggests that when a writer finishes their draft, they aren’t fully done. This may come to a shock to those who learned that editing was strictly for their peers, or that it’s someone …

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Karen Hertzberg Have you ever struggled to make sense of a message because its author didn’t write clearly? Or maybe you wrote something that was misunderstood by your audience. It’s possible your writing was cluttered with filler words. Just like a desk littered with too much stuff, untidy writing can make it hard for your …

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By Jonathan Russell Clark When Lynne Truss wrote, in her best-selling 2003 grammar screed Eats, Shoots & Leaves,of “a world of plummeting punctuation standards,” she was (perhaps unwittingly) joining an ancient tradition. How long, exactly, have shortsighted curmudgeons been bemoaning the poor grammar of the generations that follow theirs? According to Steven Pinker’s The Sense …

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By Harry Guinness Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. The secret to good writing is good editing. It’s what separates hastily written, randomly punctuated, incoherent rants from learned polemics and op-eds, and cringe-worthy fan fiction from …

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By Daniel Scocco Just ask a friend what is the role of prepositions within sentences, or what are the four moods of verbs, and I am sure that you will see a puzzled look on his face. Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts …

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Via Grammarly Every day, we write college papers, blog posts, work documents, emails, and social media updates. Our writing represents who we are personally and professionally, so it’s worth it to hone your skills. Here are twenty-four writing tips to help you communicate better in text. 24 Writing Tips to Help You Get Started 1 …

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Pros and Cons of Grammarly What is Grammarly? Grammarly is a widely used online grammar checker. It corrects spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. In addition, it enhances your vocabulary by identifying and correcting contextual errors. Another advantage is the tool helps to improve your writing style and makes your written word more engaging and effective. …

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