Articles about grammar

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

by Kyle A. Massa Sep 11, 2018

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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Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

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.

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Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

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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Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

by Justin Cox Aug 28, 2018

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

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.

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Improving Your Proofreading Skills

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 28, 2018

Improving Your Proofreading Skills

Proofreading getting you down? These tips will help ensure you never miss a thing.

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Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

by Kathy Edens Aug 28, 2018

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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Does It Sound Right?

by Justin Cox Aug 20, 2018

Does It Sound Right?

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.

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In Defense of Passive Voice

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 20, 2018

In Defense of Passive Voice

Is passive voice always bad? Maybe not. Here are a few instances where you might want to use it.

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

by Kyle A. 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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Free Online Grammar Checker

by Lisa Lepki Jul 12, 2018

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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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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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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Find inconsistencies in your writing

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

Find inconsistencies in your writing

If inconsistencies plague your writing, your work can seem unpolished and unprofessional. ProWritingAid helps find and identify such errors automatically.

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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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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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