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Allison Bressmer is a professor of freshman composition and critical reading at a community college and a freelance writer. If she isn’t writing or teaching, you’ll likely find her reading a book or listening to a podcast while happily sipping a semi-sweet iced tea or happy-houring with friends. She lives in New York with her family. Connect at linkedin.com/in/allisonbressmer

Grammar Tips: What Is a Subordinating Conjunction?

Grammar Tips: What Is a Subordinating Conjunction?

Understanding what subordinating conjunctions are and what they do can help you write more effectively, adding variety to your sentence structure.

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Appositive Phrases: What They Are and How to Use Them

Appositive Phrases: What They Are and How to Use Them

Appositives are nouns or noun phrases that give bonus information. Learn how to use them to add description and variety to your sentences.

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How to Write a Referral Letter Quickly and Easily

How to Write a Referral Letter Quickly and Easily

Writing a referral letter doesn't have to be difficult. Follow these simple steps and guidelines and you'll have a perfect recommendation in no time.

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Hyperbole Examples for Writers: Definition, Examples & Much More

Hyperbole Examples for Writers: Definition, Examples & Much More

Hyperbole means over-the-top exaggeration. Using hyperbole in your writing can add emphasis, humor, and intensity to your work. Learn all you need to know in this article.

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Past Tense of "Read"

Past Tense of "Read"

What's the past tense of the verb "read"? It's "read"—a word that's spelled the same but pronounced differently. In this article, we break down all you need to know about using the verb "read" in your writing.

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The Basics of Freytag's Pyramid

The Basics of Freytag's Pyramid

Freytag's Pyramid is a dramatic structure that can help you create strong plotlines. Learn how to use it in your writing.

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How and Why to Paraphrase

How and Why to Paraphrase

Paraphrasing effectively and honestly can be tricky for writers, especially students composing research papers. The article will provide instruction on how to paraphrase, and why paragraphsing is a necessary skill.

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40+ Examples of Imperative Sentences

40+ Examples of Imperative Sentences

Imperative sentences are sentences that give instructions, directions, or requests. In this article, we break down what imperative sentences are, explain how to use them, and give examples.

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Do You Need a Comma Before or After However?

Do You Need a Comma Before or After However?

Do you need to use a comma before or after the word "however"? We break down the rules and share examples in this post.

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Revision: Take Your Work from Good to Great

Revision: Take Your Work from Good to Great

So you've finished a writing project. What comes next? In this article, we break down the revision process so you know how to improve your work. Follow these steps to take your writing from good to great!

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NOUNPLUS: Is there a better grammar checker?

NOUNPLUS: Is there a better grammar checker?

Do you want to catch grammar errors and other mistakes in your writing? NOUNPLUS and ProWritingAid can help. Learn the differences between each software in this article.

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Plural Nouns: Understand How to Use Them

Plural Nouns: Understand How to Use Them

Do you understand how to use and create plural nouns? In this article, we break down the rules of creating and using plural nouns in your writing.

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Make Sure You Use Affective or Effective Correctly

Make Sure You Use Affective or Effective Correctly

What's the difference between "affective" and "effective"? We explain how to use affective and effective correctly in this article.

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