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On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: write out numbers between zero and nine. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.Read More »
Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.Read More »
Exclamation points punctuate the end of a sentence meant to display admiration or express excitement, astonishment, or some other strong emotion. Some people go mad with their exclamation marks!!! (See what we did there?)
In this article, we discuss when, and when not, to use this pesky punctuation.Read More »
We could spend every waking moment learning grammar rules and still not have them all mastered. And that would leave zero time to actually write anything. Luckily for each of us, there’s a surefire way to avoid learning the majority of grammar rules while still adhering to them.Read More »
Hey, we all make mistakes. Here's how to correctly use some of the most commonly misused words.Read More »
What is the passive voice, anyways? As writers, we know that the passive voice is bad. But why? And if it is so bad, how do we fix it?
We take a look at what the passive voice is and a new feature to fix it in ProWritingAid.Read More »
Tongue twisters are a great way to illustrate the idea of alliteration. In fact, the term "tongue twister" is a great example of alliteration in itself!
We've created a practice sheet of some of our favorite alliterative tongue twisters.Read More »
In life, writers must obey a single rule: write for your audience. If you’re writing fiction, your dialogue must be natural. So you write in conversational English, which is less than grammatical at times. And if you’re writing for academia or other stuffy audiences, your prose must be formal.
If you’ve learned the many rules of English usage and are adept at wielding them properly, feel free to break these seven rules now and then.Read More »
The writer’s job is to cater to the reader. A plethora of long sentences will have the reader nodding off. In similar fashion a stream of short sentences will increase the pace of a passage rushing the reader through the action.
The secret? Use varied sentence length. Read on to find out what your sentences can do.Read More »
When to use “me” instead of “I” is an important rule to learn. Selecting the wrong pronoun will ruin your writing and turn readers against you. Unlike “who” vs. “whom”, learning when to use “me” or “I” is very easy to learn.Read More »
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