Grammar Rules

3 Commonly Misused Words (And How to Use Them Correctly)

by Kyle Massa Aug 09, 2018

3 Commonly Misused Words (And How to Use Them Correctly)

Hey, we all make mistakes. Here's how to correctly use some of the most commonly misused words.

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Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

Stuck wondering what a prepositional phrase is? In this article, we teach you everything you need to know about prepositions.

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Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

by Chris Banks Jul 05, 2018

Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

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.

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Know The Difference Between That and Which

by Zara Altair Jun 28, 2018

Know The Difference Between That and Which

Have you been getting tripped up on how to use that and which? We'll clear it up for you.

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Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

Amazing Alliteration in Tongue Twisters

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.

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7 Grammar Rules the Best Writers Break

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

7 Grammar Rules the Best Writers Break

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.

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Sentence Length

by Liz McMahon Jun 18, 2018

Sentence Length

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.

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10 Websites to Help Improve Your Grammar

by Hayley Milliman Jun 06, 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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Me or I: Setting the Record Straight

by Justin Cox Jun 01, 2018

Me or I: Setting the Record Straight

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.

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3 Awful Oxford Comma Bloopers

by Gregory Heilers Jun 01, 2018

3 Awful Oxford Comma Bloopers

Are you a staunch defender or opposer of the Oxford comma? Regardless of where you stand, these three tales of Oxford comma woe will make you think twice the next time you debate the little mark's usage.

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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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