Good vs. Well

The “good” vs. “well” conundrum has lasted centuries. Ok, I’m exaggerating but really–people don’t know when to use “good” or when to use “well.” Today’s post should help clarify when you are “good” and when you are “well.” 😉 Personally, I feel neither good nor well today. No seriously, today is just a crummy day. […]

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Grammar Guide: Prepositions

What are Prepositions? A preposition is a word that shows the relationship between the noun following the preposition and other words in the sentence. These relationships include: place or position, direction, time, manner, and agent. Prepositions may be one word or a prepositional phrase (such as “in front of”). They’re always followed by a noun […]

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Outlining an Academic Paper

Listen. I know you may not actually “spend time” on your papers. I know you might just procrastinate, do it the night before it’s due, and get an A. I know this because I did the same thing. However, eventually you’ll get that one professor who KNOWS you did it the night before–and that C […]

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The Affect of an Effect…or Something Like That

I’ve tried writing this post about three times today. I’ve scrapped it, rewritten it, and tried to find a way to not confuse you or myself. After some screaming, crying, and hair pulling, I’ve researched several sites and have been able to compile what this whole affect/effect nonsense is all about. No seriously. Read this […]

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The Horrific Semicolon and How to Use it

That’s right. You read it correctly. I hate semicolons. You would think that, as an English major, I would love all forms of grammar. You would think that I have stuffed animals of each grammatical symbol. Unfortunately, while I would love some grammatically based stuffed animals, I will always hate semi-colons. Now I know all […]

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Facebook Fool’s Day

In honor of April Fool’s Day, I thought I would talk a little bit about Internet Idiots. I’m not talking about people who contract viruses from ACTUALLY clicking the “Click here” button on a day like today, but rather Facebook users. Some people are good Facebook users, others? Not so much. So here’s to you, […]

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Getting the Most Out of Literary Quotations

Quotations are an invaluable tool for essay writing, particularly if you’re writing an argumentative paper, or a paper for (basically) any English class. But do you really know HOW to use quotes adequately?  I would guess that most students who are not avid writers do not. They stick a quote into a paper because they […]

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