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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

What Is Plagiarism?

What Is Plagiarism?

How can you keep your work honest, credible, and plagiarism-free? First, understand what plagiarism is, then you can learn how to avoid it.

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Business Inquiry Email: How to Write Them (with Examples)

Business Inquiry Email: How to Write Them (with Examples)

You should write clear and concise emails to represent your business well and ensure responses. These guidelines and tips will make the task of writing your next business inquiry email easier.

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IKR Meaning and How to Use It

IKR Meaning and How to Use It

In texting and online communication, IKR means "I know, right?" It's a way to express your total agreement with something that someone has said.

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Grammar vs Syntax: What's the Difference?

Grammar vs Syntax: What's the Difference?

Syntax is one of the four parts of grammar. The other three are morphology, semantics, and phonology.

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Copacetic: Definition and Meaning

Copacetic: Definition and Meaning

When everything is copacetic, all is well. Copacetic is an adjective which means that everything is perfectly satisfactory. Learn how to use it in your writing.

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Cause and Effect: Definition, Meaning, and Examples

Cause and Effect: Definition, Meaning, and Examples

Causes are actions that create effects, or outcomes. Cause and effect relationships are easy to recognize if you know how to look for them.

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How to Start Writing a Book: 9 Steps for Writers

How to Start Writing a Book: 9 Steps for Writers

Want to write a book but don't know how to start? These 9 practical steps will help you find your creative voice. Learn all you need to know on how to start writing a book in this article.

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What Does WTM Mean?

What Does WTM Mean?

You know what LOL and FYI mean. What about WTM? Learn what it means and how to use it in your texting and social media conversations.

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Supper vs Dinner: What's the Difference?

Supper vs Dinner: What's the Difference?

Supper and Dinner both usually refer to an evening meal. However, there are some differences in what the terms mean and how they are used.

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14 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Writing

14 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Writing

These 14 writing exercises encourage creativity, more thoughtful writing, and daily writing habits. Use them to improve your writing.

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Lindley Murray: The Father of English Grammar

Lindley Murray: The Father of English Grammar

Lindley Murray's popular grammar books provided grammar instruction and guidance that still influences writers today. Learn all about Lindley Murray and his work in this article.

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Lowercase and Uppercase Letters: Definition and Meaning

Lowercase and Uppercase Letters: Definition and Meaning

Lowercase letters are smaller than uppercase letters and sometimes have a different form. Lowercase letters serve a different purpose than uppercase letters. Learn how to use them in your writing.

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Skillset or Skill Set: Is It One Word or Two?

Skillset or Skill Set: Is It One Word or Two?

Is it skillset or skill set? The two-word phrase "skill set" is the correct spelling. Both "skillset" and "skill-set" are incorrect misspellings.

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Et al.: Definition, Meaning, and Usage

Et al.: Definition, Meaning, and Usage

The abbreviation et al. means "and others." It allows you to cite a work with multiple authors without including a long, clunky list of names.

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Strike the Last Word: What Does It Mean?

Strike the Last Word: What Does It Mean?

When politicians say "I move to strike the last word," they are using an accepted, traditional loophole to bypass discussion time limits. No one is actually asking to strike words from an amendment; they just want more time to talk.

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