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Attention Writers: We Need Your Help!

by ProWritingAid Feb 15, 2016

We want our blog to be your first stop for any questions you have about writing. Our goal is to take complicated technical elements of writing and make them clear and easy to understand. We need your help coming up with topics. What have you always wondered? What do you find that people are always misunderstanding or getting wrong?

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What are the Different Verb Tenses?

by ProWritingAid Feb 12, 2016

What are the Different Verb Tenses?

Much like the three Christmas spirits from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, verbs come in three tenses: past, present, and future. These are called the simple tenses, and they’re fairly straight forward.

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What is a Clause Anyway?

by ProWritingAid Feb 08, 2016

What is a Clause Anyway?

A clause is a group of words containing both a subject and a verb. Examples of clauses are:

  • The bells are ringing

  • She ran away

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What are Phonemes, Graphemes, and Digraphs?

by ProWritingAid Feb 08, 2016

What are Phonemes, Graphemes, and Digraphs?

Each sound that you hear in a word is a Phoneme. It’s the smallest unit of sound that makes up a complete word. This is not to be confused with the letter itself; Phonemes are only the sounds made.

There are 44 Phonemes in the English language, consisting of 24 consonant sounds and 20 vowel sounds. Think of the different combinations of consonants and vowels (like “ch” or “ea”) that make unique sounds.

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What Are the Different Types of Verbs?

by ProWritingAid Jan 25, 2016

What Are the Different Types of Verbs? Your sentences would lie dead in the water without a verb. Verbs are the most important part of your sentence. But how do you select the right verb to get across your meaning? By understanding the different types of verbs and how they’re used.What is a verb?

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What are Overused Words Anyway?

by ProWritingAid Jan 13, 2016

What are Overused Words Anyway? Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. - Mark Twain

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What is the Repeats Check? And How Did I Not Notice the Repetitions?

by ProWritingAid Jan 13, 2016

Repeating a word or phrase happens to the best of us at times, especially if you’re writing an article and using a specific vocabulary for your topic. You won’t even notice you’ve used the same word several times in the span of one paragraph because it’s foremost in your mind. But those repeats can set off an echo in the reader’s mind - that subconscious feeling of “Didn’t he just say that?” It can be irritating to read and, worse, it can detract from what you are trying to say. The more uncommon a word or phrase, the more likely it is to echo, even pages apart.

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What is a Cliché? And Why Should You Avoid Them?

by ProWritingAid Jan 10, 2016

What is a Cliché?  And Why Should You Avoid Them?

A cliché is a tired, stale phrase or idiom that, because of overuse, has lost its impact. What was once a fresh way of looking at something has become a weak prop for writing that feels unimaginative and dull. Clichés are what you write when you don’t have the energy or inspiration to think of a new way to express an idea.

George Orwell in his Rules of Writing said: “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” Be creative and come up with something fresh. A new analogy or metaphor will make much more of an impression on your readers than a dusty old cliché.

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Readability Report

by ProWritingAid Dec 29, 2015

Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease

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Why You Need Great Transitions in Your Writing

by ProWritingAid Dec 23, 2015

Why You Need Great Transitions in Your Writing Imagine a road with no street signs to point the way. How would you follow the right route if you didn’t have a sign showing you which way to go?

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What is POV? And How Do You Choose the Best POV for Your Story

by ProWritingAid Dec 11, 2015

What is POV? And How Do You Choose the Best POV for Your Story What is POV? It stands for Point of View, and it’s one of the most important aspects of your story that must be decided before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

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What are Dangling Modifiers and Why You Shouldn’t Let Them Dangle

by ProWritingAid Dec 04, 2015

What are Dangling Modifiers and Why You Shouldn’t Let Them Dangle What is a dangling modifier, you ask?

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How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program

by ProWritingAid Nov 28, 2015

How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program This post is “Affiliates 101”. Many of our users are already part of our affiliate program. They're earning passive income by promoting us on their websites and social media. Our top affiliates earned over $1000 in 2015. However, there are a lot of you out there who have great websites and blogs but haven’t linked up the program yet. This post is for you. Here is what you need to know. What is an affiliate program?

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Contextual Thesaurus Report

by ProWritingAid Jul 19, 2015

The contextual thesaurus report is designed to allow you to play with your words quickly and easily. We want you to be able to find vocabulary enhancements that fit perfectly into the context of the sentence. Unlike most thesaurus suggestions, our report takes into account the context of the word in the sentence to provide suggestions that work well within the sentence.

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The 6 Best Manuscript Editing Software Packages

by ProWritingAid Apr 15, 2015

Picking the right manuscript editing software can be daunting. Several packages exist, and they all have different features. Here we list the best 6 manuscript editing software packages on the market. We give you an overview of their features to help you choose the best.AutoCrit

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Alternative to Turnitin and WriteCheck

by ProWritingAid Jan 23, 2014

Turnitin is a plagiarism checker for students and teachers. It allows you to check your text against billions of web-pages and academic papers to identify potential citation issues, or un-original content.

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Online plagiarism check

by ProWritingAid Jan 23, 2014

Our plagiarism checker is designed to help you detect unoriginal content in your writing. Once you have detected unoriginal content you will be able to add proper citations to your document.

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Using transitions in your writing

by ProWritingAid Dec 03, 2013

Transitions are the cement that hold our writing together. They are the short phrases that draw relationships between and within the sentences in a text. For example, "for example" is a transition, as are "likewise", "similarly", and "thus".

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AutoCrit Not as Good as ProWritingAid

by ProWritingAid Jan 01, 2001

Updated: December, 2016

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