Commonly Confused Words

Some words get confused more than others.  There are a number of words that sound similar, or are spelled similarly, but have very different meanings.  They get confused and mixed up all the time, even by native English speakers.

That’s why we’re here, though.  Here are four of the word groups we see mixed up a lot in our essays, and what the proper usage of each is: Read More

Have and Has

Two words that often get confused in writing are have and has.  They’re two forms of the same word and mean the same thing, but are used in different situations.  Let’s try to break it down and make it easier to understand. Read More

How Can I Fix a Run-On Sentence?

A run-on sentence or comma splice can really negatively impact your writing.  This is when you wrongly combine two sentences that should be seperate, with two independent clauses running together without the proper punctuation separating them.  This will look bad on your essays, and is a very common grammatical mistake.  How can you fix them?

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Alternate and Alternative

Two words that have been in the news recently are “alternative” and “alternate”.  Here at Wordsmith Essays, we want to make sure everyone’s using their grammar correctly, from students all the way up the ladder, so we thought we’d provide this helpful guide. Read More

Stop Using “Very”!

The word “very” is overused.  You should stop using it!

“Very” is lazy and imprecise.  It’s a generic intensifier; making the adjective it’s attached to bigger, but in a generic and vague way.  When overused, it leads to boring and unclear writing.  Generally speaking, using it makes your writing come off weaker – ironic, since the point of using intensifiers is to strengthen your writing.

The English language is full of juicy words to use; it’s loaded with descriptions taken and borrowed from dozens of languages to create a smorgasbord of descriptive variety.  There are hundreds of better choices than “very”; you just need to know where to look for them.

Fear no longer!  The image below has 45 different substitutions for “very”.  This should be very handy extremely useful as you try to write very interesting enthralling stories and papers!

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Five Grammar Mistakes to Avoid in Your Professional E-Mails

Making grammatical mistakes in a work or official email is a sure way to make a bad impression.  When you slip up and make a mistake verbally, you have ways to cover—your attitude, your facial expressions, and so forth.  In an email, though, all your reader has to judge you on is your text, and errors stand out like a sore thumb, making you seem unprofessional.

Here are the five most common grammatical errors you should try to avoid. Read More

Animals That Aren’t Really Animals

It’s quiz time! Are you a grammatical genius, or do words sometimes fail you?

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