What are the Definitions of Phonemes, Graphemes and Digraphs? Examples included.

What are the Definitions of Phonemes, Graphemes and Digraphs? Examples included.

Each sound that you hear in a word is a Phoneme. It’s the smallest unit of sound that makes up a complete word. This is not to be confused with the letter itself; Phonemes are only the sounds made. There are 44 Phonemes in the English language, consisting of 24 consonant sounds and 20 vowel sounds. Think of the different combinations of consonants and vowels (like “ch” or “ea”) that make unique sounds.

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Is It Ever Correct to Use Passive Voice?

Is It Ever Correct to Use Passive Voice?

There's an exception to every rule and it's no different with passive voice. Here are a few instances where you might actually want to use it.

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Tips on Line and Copy Editing

Tips on Line and Copy Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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How Can Developmental Edits Get My Work Ready for an Agent?

How Can Developmental Edits Get My Work Ready for an Agent?

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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Three Important Examples of Irony for Writers

Three Important Examples of Irony for Writers

What is irony? What's the right way to use it? Find out in this post!

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What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

Passive voice occurs when you take the object of your sentence—the part that the action happens to—and make it the subject of your sentence. Here are some examples: - **Passive**: *The flag was raised by the troops.* - **Active**: *The troops raised the flag.*

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What's the Difference Between Modal, Action and Auxiliary Verbs?

What's the Difference Between Modal, Action and Auxiliary Verbs?

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Commonly Mistaken Words

Commonly Mistaken Words

We all have our pet peeves, but if words are your thing, someone who inadvertently butchers their meaning rubs you the wrong way. Here are 30 words you are probably getting wrong.

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What's the Difference Between Peek, Peak, and Pique?

What's the Difference Between Peek, Peak, and Pique?

The English language is tricky. Words can sound the same but have very different meanings. This makes mastering grammatical rules difficult. One set of confusing words are peek, peak, and pique.

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Passive Voice vs Active Voice: What's the Difference?

Passive Voice vs Active Voice: What's the Difference?

What is the passive voice, anyway? 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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What are the Key Differences Between UK and US English?

What are the Key Differences Between UK and US English?

What are the key differences between UK and US spellings? We'll show you!

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Tips for Avoiding Cliché

Tips for Avoiding Cliché

A cliché is a tired, stale phrase or idiom that, because of overuse, has lost its impact. What was once a fresh way of looking at something has become a weak prop for writing that feels unimaginative and dull. Clichés are what you write when you don’t have the energy or inspiration to think of a new way to express an idea. George Orwell in his Rules of Writing said: **“Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.”** Be creative and come up with something fresh. A new analogy or metaphor will make much more of an impression on your readers than a dusty old cliché.

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When Should You Use an Apostrophe?

When Should You Use an Apostrophe?

What are the right (and wrong) ways to use an apostrophe? We'll show you!

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The Easiest Way to Edit Your MailChimp Emails

The Easiest Way to Edit Your MailChimp Emails

MailChimp is the premier email marketing program. Here's why ProWritingAid works so well with it.

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When Should You Use An Ellipsis (and when shouldn't you?)

When Should You Use An Ellipsis (and when shouldn't you?)

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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