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Are You Making These Common Grammatical Mistakes?

No one can recognize our relentless misuse of the English language quite like an editor. Misplace a modifier, and your editor will (hopefully) let you know. Over-use intensifiers such as “very,” “just,” and “really,” and your editor will tell you that you’re really just not doing your writing any favors. My editor…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Are You Making These Common Grammatical Mistakes?

No one can recognize our relentless misuse of the English language quite like an editor. Misplace a modifier, and your editor will (hopefully) let you know. Over-use intensifiers such as “very,” “just,” and “really,” and your editor will tell you that you’re really just not doing your writing any favors. My editor…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Are You Making These Common Grammatical Mistakes?

No one can recognize our relentless misuse of the English language quite like an editor. Misplace a modifier, and your editor will (hopefully) let you know. Over-use intensifiers such as “very,” “just,” and “really,” and your editor will tell you that you’re really just not doing your writing any favors. My editor…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Use ‘Affect’ Versus ‘Effect’

Every time I write either “affect” or “effect,” I have to pause for a second to double-check myself. Their meanings are related, their spellings are similar; even their pronunciation is nearly the same. But one of them causes something and the other is the result. And knowing the difference is a good thing. Read more… […]

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Find Examples of Word Use With This Web App

A thesaurus is a fruitful tool when you use it befittingly. If you fathom what you’re performing, a thesaurus patronizes you find the merited word for your specific ballgame. But if you ply synonyms without kenning their shadinesses of gist, you will look really speechless. You need to apprehend each word you utilize,…Read more… Continue […]

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One-Star Ratings Are the Worst, Says Science

One-star reviews, in addition to being the least helpful kind of review, are also the longest and the worst-spelled. Data journalism blog Priceonomics analyzed 100,000 online product reviews and found that 40% of one-star reviews have at least one spelling mistake, vs. under 30% of five-star reviews.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Figure Out Where to Put the Apostrophe With This Handy Flowchart

For some of us, grade-school grammar lessons haven’t stuck. I managed fairly well with my trusty Elements of Style until pretty recently, but the ongoing assault on grammar that is the Internet occasionally shakes my confidence. (Every time I want to type rein, rain, or reign, for example, I need to close my eyes and…Read […]

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Grammarly’s iPhone Keyboard Corrects Your Texts and Tinder Messages

For the past few years, I’ve been using Grammarly. The service corrects your spelling and grammar on the fly, and the Chrome extension is great for helping me catch tiny typos and misplaced commas in emails, or even posts on Lifehacker I’m adding to our CMS. Now Grammarly has extended to one more place: your […]

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Language is Illogical and Resistance is Futile

Grammar prescriptivists—who believe rules should be followed; “descriptivists” believe correct grammar is whatever works—love to appeal to logic. If “he could care less,” then he could care less—you have to say “he couldn’t”! It’s the rock we cling to against the rising tide of literally-means-figuratively-now. Well,…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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