What is an Ellipsis and When Should You Use One?

What is an Ellipsis and When Should You Use One?

You may have used an ellipsis without being aware of what it is and its actual use in punctuation. For example, have you ever written a text or a sentence in your work-in-progress that just trails off? If so, you've used an ellipsis! In this article, we teach you how to use one properly.

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Free Online Grammar Checker

Free Online Grammar Checker

Nothing makes a reader lose faith in a writer faster than a grammar error! The ProWritingAid Editing Tool is one of the world’s best grammar-checkers, but it also looks at elements of style and structure that help you make your writing as strong and clear as possible. Here's a quick guide to how it works.

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Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

If you’re like me, you love learning about literary devices and how to use them. I was in a literary forum recently where someone posted, "What’s the difference between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton?" Frankly, I had to look them up. If you're like me, this article is for you.

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Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

You can't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. Likewise, you can't use a semicolon to introduce a list. Here's how to use your grammatical tools the right way.

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Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

Apostrophes are like weeds. Sometimes they crop up in the most unexpected places. How do you know when and where to use an apostrophe? In this article, we set the record straight.

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Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

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.

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

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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To vs. Too vs. Two

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

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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Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

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