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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

The Complete Guide to Chicago Style

The Complete Guide to Chicago Style

The Chicago Style of citation provides writers with flexible sets of guidelines to keep work consistent, honest, and easy to navigate.

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Complex Sentence: Definition, Explanation, Types And Examples

Complex Sentence: Definition, Explanation, Types And Examples

Understanding how to create and use complex sentences adds sentence variety and sophistication to your work.

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Breathe vs Breath: What Is the Difference?

Breathe vs Breath: What Is the Difference?

Learn the difference between breathe (the verb) and breath (the noun) and how to use each in a sentence.

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Hyperbole Examples for Writers: Definition and Examples

Hyperbole Examples for Writers: Definition and Examples

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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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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Freytag's Pyramid: Definition, Examples, and Usage

Freytag's Pyramid: Definition, Examples, and Usage

What is Freytag's Pyramid? In this article, learn what this dramatic structure is, what it looks like, and how to use it in your own writing.

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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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Persuasive Essay Writing: How to Write a Great Persuasive Essay

Persuasive Essay Writing: How to Write a Great Persuasive Essay

Balanced arguments and a solid essay structure are the main ingredients of a persuasive essay that has the power to convince your audience.

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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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