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

August 19, 2017

When I was in elementary school, I was taught to incorporate as many adjectives and adverbs into my stories as possible.   …

August 9, 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

PENCON is hosted by The Christian Pen https://thechristianpen.com/ It has taken a year, but the new release by your favorite author is …

May 31, 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

If you’ve been in the industry long enough then you probably know by now that the writer’s life is unpredictable, and your …

March 8, 2017

As this series draws to a close, here are a couple practical exercises you can do at home to learn and practice …

February 21, 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

Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want …

November 22, 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

This month’s post is all about words you might be hearing and saying and, consequently, writing improperly. We’re not talking about homophones …

September 17, 2016

  Yes, we’re continuing to visit confusing words because the English language abounds with them. Here are a few more examples to …

September 17, 2016

Elaine Marie Cooper It was early summer and the New England Asters were lush with leaves. But a knowledgeable gardener gave instructions …

July 23, 2016

You hear it more and more these days. What does “publish-ready” mean? How can self-editing help? #amwriting #publish-ready #self-editing For the next …

July 8, 2016

Today’s tip on Polishing Your Message is . . . Don’t Do That. Do What? Overuse the word that. The overuse of …

June 30, 2016

A writing acquaintance of mine recently posted about her disdain of the comma splice, more importantly, the proliferation of this punctuation error …

June 23, 2016

As an editor, I frequently encounter homonym errors. Someone writes whether when they intend weather. Or peek when the context calls for …

June 11, 2016
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