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Common Grammar Errors that Diminish Your Writing

To follow up last month’s column on cleaning up your writing, below is a reference list of some common grammar errors. (Can you tell I’m in the middle of book edits?) Take care, especially when you are writing a blog or a post. Yep, I’m feeling a bit like the […]

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Grammar: Was vs. Were, Fantasy or Reality?

Let’s talk about moods. No, not my mood, or your mood, but a grammatical mood. Who knew grammar had moods, right? Well, it does. The mood we’re going to look at here affects verbs and is called the subjunctive. One of the most common verbs that takes on a subjunctive […]

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Grammar: Nauseated, Nauseous or Just Plain Sick?

Writers like to use the most effective, colorful word to describe something. For instance, instead of “sick to her stomach” or “upset stomach,” we like to use “nauseated.” Well, actually, many of us like to use “nauseous,” but that misuse makes my stomach hurt! “Nauseated” and “nauseous” are two different, […]

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Grammar: Apostrophes are easy!

One of my biggest grammar pet peeves is the misuse of apostrophes. People seem to think that these little punctuation marks can be added wherever they like, or maybe that they make words look more impressive somehow. (How many times have you seen a sign like this: “Vegetable’s for sale.”) […]

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Beware the Dreaded Passive Voice

If you’ve ever taken any type of writing class or workshop, or even had someone critique your writing, you may have heard about a thing called passive voice. And if you’ve heard of it, you probably know that most people think it makes writing weak. But what is it exactly? […]

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