Grammar Rules

Let’s Get Possessive

by Justin Cox May 19, 2018

Let’s Get Possessive

Defining possessive nouns is tricky. There are several unique rules that can confuse even the most seasoned writer.

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The Apostrophe: When to Use It and When to Avoid It

by Liz McMahon May 19, 2018

The Apostrophe: When to Use It and When to Avoid It

The apostrophe, when used correctly, can add clarity to a piece of writing. But when misused, the results can be confusing. We take a look at getting it right.

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Which Should You Use: Home or Hone?

by ProWritingAid May 19, 2018

Which Should You Use: Home or Hone?

People sometimes think they can use "home in on" and "hone in on" interchangeably, but the truth is much more gray. Let’s look at when to use each.

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Commonly Misspelled Words

by ProWritingAid May 15, 2018

Commonly Misspelled Words

Here at ProWritingAid, we have discovered that our editing tool catches the same words over and over again!

Even the best writers have those words that they just can’t seem to get right.

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To ‘to’ or not to ’too’: that is the question!

by Justin Cox May 09, 2018

To ‘to’ or not to ’too’: that is the question!

Getting tripped up on the differences between “to” and “too” happens often. When do you use a single “o” and when do you use two? While this is one of the most common grammar mistakes, the rule is easy to master.

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Their, There, They’re

by Liz McMahon May 09, 2018

Their, There, They’re

Their, there, they’re. All three of these words sound the same, but have very different meanings.

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Repeating Yourself is Redundant: or, A Pleonasm For Your Thoughts?

by Justin Cox Apr 30, 2018

Repeating Yourself is Redundant: or, A Pleonasm For Your Thoughts?

Pleonasms are common in speech but should be avoided at all costs. Do you have what it takes to diagnose and eliminate them from your writing?

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Know Your Acronyms

by Justin Cox Apr 30, 2018

Know Your Acronyms

While acronyms add a colloquial flair to writing, they are easy to misuse. If we’re not careful, improper usage will cause readers to cringe in pain.

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ProWritingAid's Top 100 Spelling Corrections

by ProWritingAid Apr 26, 2018

ProWritingAid's Top 100 Spelling Corrections

Who among us hasn't made an embarrassing spelling mistake in an important e-mail or business document?

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To vs. Too vs. Two

by Hayley Milliman Apr 20, 2018

To vs. Too vs. Two

To, too, two. We teach you how to decide which of these pesky little words to use in specific situations.

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Than vs. Then

by Hayley Milliman Apr 20, 2018

Than vs. Then

"Then" and "than" are two pesky words that sound alike but have very different meanings. We explore when to use each term.

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Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

Here’s the truth about adverbs. They aren’t inherently good or bad: it’s all in how you use them. Let’s unpack when you should—and shouldn’t—use adverbs.

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Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

by Dr. Marlene Caroselli Mar 14, 2018

Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

The Paramedic Method aims to help writers learn to write more concisely, persuasively and actively. Dr. Marlene Caroselli outlines the method and sets three writing challenges. Does the Paramedic Method help you breathe life back into dead sentences? Have a go and let us know what you think!

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When it’s Right to be Wrong

by Dr. Marlene Caroselli Mar 14, 2018

When it’s Right to be Wrong

The definition of grace, as ascribed to Jacqueline Kennedy, is making others feel comfortable.

We don’t typically associate “grace” and “grammar,” but there are those occasions when it’s perfectly acceptable to be grammatically incorrect. To do otherwise may make you appear elitist.

This article looks at correct usage of pronouns and prepositions, followed by a quick glance at those instances when, grammatically speaking, it’s right to be wrong.

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It’s vs. Its: Let’s Get It Straight

by ProWritingAid Mar 06, 2018

It’s vs. Its: Let’s Get It Straight

Contractions. Possessives. When do you use an apostrophe? Follow these rules on it’s versus its and self-edit with confidence.

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10 Websites to Help Improve Your Grammar

by Hayley Milliman Feb 15, 2018

10 Websites to Help Improve Your Grammar

Learning grammar doesn't have to be difficult! With these free tools, you'll be mastering your comma usage in no time.

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Grammar Rules: Passed vs. Past

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

Grammar Rules: Passed vs. Past Homophones are fun, aren’t they? Unless they’re easily confused like "past" and "passed." What’s the difference? Let’s discuss these two homophones' difference and set the record straight.

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The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Feb 06, 2018

The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.

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Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable?

by ProWritingAid Jan 08, 2018

Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable? English users sometimes confuse insure with an "I" and ensure with an "E". Don’t they both mean to "make certain" or "make sure"?

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Do I Use Lay or Lie? Let's Get it Straight

by Kathy Edens Nov 03, 2017

Do I Use Lay or Lie? Let's Get it Straight

Lay and lie can trip up the most seasoned writer. Let's do a quick and dirty here so it finally makes sense.

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