The “Oxford” Comma (Part 2 of the Comma Series)

Before I start my post, I want to apologize for a lack of posts over the past few days. I had my commencement ceremony this week and will be starting graduate school this Monday; I’m sure you can imagine how hectic these past few days have been. In what-seems-like-a-decade-ago, I wrote Part 1 of the […]

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Irregardless: Is it a word?

I don’t even think I need an introduction on this one. This word was even brought into question on the popular TV show Family Guy. Stewie becomes President and claims, “Any person who uses the words ‘irregardless’, ‘a-whole-nuther’, ‘all-of-a-sudden’ will be sent to a work camps.” Wow! Well I won’t send you to a work […]

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Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Not only are these three words spelled similarly, they also have similar meanings. The main “basis” of these words is to guarantee something in some way, shape, or form. However, there are small intricacies other than that, so let’s take a look at these words individually.

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Enquire vs. Inquire

Come on. They’re only one vowel different. And heck, the vowel sounds are similar! These two words share a very deep, dark secret (well, “dark” as far as the English language goes), so keep reading to find out how these two devious words work!

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Was vs. Were

NOTE: When all else fails, use a picture of a cat! 😀 Time for a post that’s actually really hard for me to write about! I had a tutor suggest doing was and were, which is something I was subconsciously avoiding because–frankly–I didn’t know how to use them! After some extensive research I’m here to […]

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Less vs. Fewer

A special request from my supervisor today! It’s one of his pet peeves apparently! I know the difference between less and fewer, but I admit that I don’t always necessarily think about it as I’m writing. It’s pretty easy once you learn it, so make sure you read on!

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Perspective vs. Prospective

Not to throw my husband under a bus here, but when he was writing personal statements for graduate school, he kept mixing these two words up. I’ve wanted to do this post for awhile, but it kept getting thrown on the back-burner because of requests. Well today I’m finally tacking the issue, and if you […]

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Literally: I’m Literally Writing this Post.

I had a dear friend (you know who you are!) ask about using literally. It seems this word is used interchangeably with figuratively–so you might find yourself saying literally all the time without knowing its–well–literal meaning! The more you use this word, the more likely you’re using it incorrectly. Make sure you read on to […]

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Hanged vs. Hung (Yes, there’s a difference)

I had someone request hanged vs. hung because he was fed up with people using them improperly. It seems a lot of people don’t even realize that hanged is a word and has its own merits. So if you’re writing a paper where you think you are going to need to know the difference between […]

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Transitional Statements

There are a few things that bring an “ok” paper to a “good” paper and a “good” paper to a “great” paper. Transitional statements are one of them. So many students know they need transitions but get caught up on the details and, as such, don’t make them at all. This post will help guide […]

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