Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
Do You feel Compelled to Capitalize every other Word? If so, you are an OverCapitalizer. There is help—read on...
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
By Cath Murphy
Who can save the planet from the deadly Grammar Nazis? The Superheroes of Literature, that's who!
Like Sonny & Cher on February 2nd, redundancies in your writing are driving your readers crazy.
In: absolute phrases, adjective phrases, adverb phrases, appositive phrases, gerunds, Grammar, prepositional phrases, verbals
So I've bored you with lectures on sentences and clauses, now we'll talk about that other group of words-the phrase.
So you swore off sugar in the new year, but did you resolve to stop using 'they' to refer to a single subject? You should. Here are 10 grammar and usage resolutions for 2013.
What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
When you have more than one, sometimes just adding an "s" doesn't cut it. Here are few things you should know about plural nouns.
Donate now to help save the direct-address comma! Get it off the endangered species list! All it takes is one well-placed keystroke, people. All it takes is a little integrity.
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
In: Craft, Dialogue, Discourse Analysis, Grammar, Grammar, Linguistics, List, Phrases, Sociolinguistics, Verbs, Voice, Word Play
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Whether you are actually going back to school this fall, or you just need an excuse to go to the bookstore, we have compiled a list of the most well known style guides and how to use them.
In: editing, fiction writing, Grammar, Plot, Revision, Rewriting, Storyville, Structure, Vocabulary, Workshop
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Take it back to your high school English class with a refresher on clause types.
By Dave Reuss
Give your baby the best possible chance out there in the world of publishing: here's an inside look at formatting issues that drive editors crazy.
In: commas, Grammar, Grammar, prepositional phrases, subordinate phrases, transitional expressions, verbals, vocatives
Two more comma rules that every writer should learn.
Know your weaknesses as a writer, and then cull them, fix them.
There's comes a point in every writer's life when the excuses for not learning how to use commas correctly simply run out. This is that time. Learn these. Right now. Or else.
Commas, parentheses, and dashes are just a few ways to interrupt a perfectly good sentence.
In: Charles Dickens, Craft, Dave Eggers, Grammar, Jamaica Kincaid, Jonathan Safran Foer, William Faulkner
A continuation of last month's discussion of short sentence lengths. This month we'll explore the merits of the very long sentences.
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
The Period Part 1--Lots o' dots: How frequent and deliberate use of the humble period can create maximum impact.
It may not seem like much, but that diminutive punctuation symbol at the end of your sentence has a lot of power. This article will focus on how to use the period to create different effects.
By Rob W. Hart
Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.
By Rob W. Hart
Expressive dialogue tags are the mark of lazy writing, because they break one of the cardinal rules--they tell instead of show. This is why 'said' and 'asked' are all you ever need.