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Have you memorized the list of prepositions yet? Trust me, quickly recognizing prepositions will help you in the long run because we’ll …

October 18, 2017

We’re continuing with the parts of speech with a discussion about prepositions. These words never change their form. They link nouns, pronouns, …

September 28, 2017

  Adverbs are words commonly used to describe or modify a verb, and adjective, or another adverb. To test whether or not …

August 19, 2017

In anticipation of the upcoming presidential election cycle, prepare to hear some unsavory comments, even name-calling among candidates. Here’s a term you …

July 22, 2017

This month at Grammar and Grace we’re studying adjectives. Adjectives are words that tell something about a noun or a pronoun. An …

July 18, 2017

As languages go, English is fairly young. It’s been about 1400 years since the Anglo-Saxons imported English into Great Britain. And the …

June 27, 2017

  A pronoun is a word that can take the place of a noun in a sentence which means pronouns can work …

June 17, 2017

A number of grammatical faux pas can be attributed to faulty hearing. I’m not implying that any of you are going deaf, …

May 27, 2017

This time we’ll discuss nouns. Nouns can be common or proper. A common noun is a person, place, or thing. A noun …

May 18, 2017

  This may seem hard to believe, but … not every question requires a question mark Click To Tweet How often don’t …

April 27, 2017

  Because spellcheck, wonderful as it may be, doesn’t catch words used improperly … And because the English language has more than …

March 27, 2017

  Bryan Garner, author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, and a raft of other books on English language usage and …

March 27, 2017

  You’ve written your masterpiece. Or at least a short story, novel, or essay you believe worthy of publication. But is it? …

March 26, 2017

Last time, I introduced the eight parts of speech. This time, we’ll focus on verbs. I’m beginning with the verb because to …

March 17, 2017

For 2017, let’s understand the basics of English grammar by learning the eight parts of speech. They are the following: Verb Noun …

February 17, 2017

  The comma is one of those punctuation marks that has an outsized impact in relationship to its size. It’s the little …

January 27, 2017

For this post, I’m suggesting some books that you may want on your bookshelves or your may want to give as gifts …

January 17, 2017

Plenty of ink has been spilled and battles fought over the necessity and superiority of the Oxford or serial comma. After …

December 26, 2016
How to enhance your fiction with facts found through writing research.

Welcome to The Efficiency Addict column, helping writers work more effectively every day. This month I’m pleased to welcome back Kathleen Neely to share …

December 25, 2016

Third Person In my last post, I explained that Point of View is one of the choices writers have when they …

November 29, 2016

We’re still a few days away from Thanksgiving, but we sometimes receive Christmas cards a few days after celebrating with turkey and …

November 17, 2016

Twice in the last year, my husband and I have made the trip from Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado. Once by …

October 28, 2016

Earlier this week I wrote a post for my own blog and was reminded about two things: the difference between compliment and …

October 18, 2016

  As if English with its homophones and irregular verbs weren’t confusing enough, how about those idioms? Oh sure, you and I …

September 27, 2016
Use colored text to help you problem solve POV issues.

Welcome to The Efficiency Addict column, helping writers work more effectively every single day. For the next few months, I’ll be taking …

September 25, 2016
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