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

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

Different Words in the UK and US

The United States and United Kingdom have been described as two countries divided by a common language, and it’s true.  While both speak English, there are tons of regional variations and dialects that can occasionally make communication dicey — a word in one country might mean something entirely different in the other!

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Is It Wrong to Correct Someone’s Grammar?

If you’ve been on the internet for any extended period of time, you’ve seen it — someone coming into a comment section not to argue with the point you just made, but to point out that you used the wrong “there”, or that you’ve mixed up “your” and “you’re”.  They’re not arguing with the content of your message, just the grammar.  It’s infuriating, isn’t it?  They’re in the wrong, right?

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Much or Many? Quantifiers and Uncountable Nouns

We talked yesterday about the difference between countable and uncountable nouns.  Today, we’ll talk about how to use them with quantifiers. Read More

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

There are two different kinds of nouns in English – countable nouns and uncountable nouns.  Knowing the difference between the two can help you out when you’re trying to write your next paper. Read More