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

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

Five Grammar “Rules” That Aren’t.

To paraphrase the great grammarian, Captain Jack Sparrow, many bits of grammar you’ve been taught in school are more like guidelines than actual rules.  There are some grammatical things that you may think are set in stone, but language isn’t set in stone.  It’s a living thing, changing with how people use the language.  Here are five rules that you may have been taught can never, ever be changed – but can totally be changed. Read More

Use To and Used To

One mistake we’ve seen crop up recently is the difference between “use to” and “used to”.  They’re a little tricky at times – it seems like there’s a tense change in there, and sometimes they’re used as verbs and other times as adjectives.  It’s actually not very hard to remember, however, so we figured we’d give a quick refresher on which is which. Read More

Christmastime Grammar Errors!

Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you a grammatical pet peeve that I have this time of year.  Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’s not bringing correct grammar with him! Read More

Singular They — the Word of the Year

The American Dialect Society has spoken – and the word of the year is the singular “They”.  Grammarians panic! Read More