Commas: Coordinating Conjunctions (Part 1)

Gosh, so many people have asked me to do commas. I haven’t because–well, frankly–I didn’t know where to start. I’ve decided to come up with the top two or three common questions and problems and make a post about them.

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Principle vs. Principal

So this issue came up while tutoring today and as soon as I brought it up with my student, a fellow tutor said “I just went over that with my student!” At that point, I knew it was time to make a Grammar Quick Fix. Although they’re homonyms (sound alike), they have very different meanings. […]

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Speak, Say, Talk, Tell

I had a student today who asked me the difference between speak, talk, say, and tell. Leaning back and thinking for a second, I realized that I was unsure. I mean, I knew to a certain extent but not nearly enough to explain it. That was enough for me to go out, research the words, […]

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Researching a Paper

Usually your semester will culminate to a heavily weighted final paper–often times, that paper will involve research. Some papers require very little research, such as 1-2 sources. Other papers, like my final paper for a graduate course, end up having 16 (or more!) sources. When you’re facing the latter, the idea of piles and piles […]

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Like vs. As

In high school, when you read Shakespeare’s sonnets or other poetry, you are taught that a “simile” is a comparison made using like or as. But odds are, no one has told you that there’s actually a difference between the two words. Like and as have two separate functions and if you’re just finding this […]

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(un)Enlightened English is Now on Twitter!

Are you a Twitter user? Do you enjoy reading (un)Enlightened English? Follow me on Twitter! You can ask questions, get some quick answers, provide suggestions, and see my latest posts! Go here, and click follow to start seeing my updates!

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Everyday vs. Every day

Believe it or not, there is a difference between everyday and every day. Most people use them interchangeably because you cannot tell the difference when speaking–and if you can’t tell the difference when speaking, then you can’t when writing, right? Wrong. So let’s learn how to CORRECTLY use these two words! 😀

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Between vs. Among

Yesterday I had a student who didn’t know the difference between–well–between and among. Then today, a fellow tutor suggested I make a post about it. I’ve pretty much accepted it as a sign, and am now going to teach you the difference between these two words.

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Words and Phrases you Didn’t Know that you Didn’t Know

God, you know, there are some phrases and words that people say incorrectly that REALLY piss me off. Today’s post is going to cover some of those common mistakes that people never even know or think about. So the next time you want to say “anyways,” “towards,” “used to” and “could care less,”  you’ll know […]

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Grammar Guide: Articles

What are articles? Not to be confused with something you would find in a magazine, grammar articles are the words “a,” “an,” and “the.” They’re similar to adjectives in the sense that they modify nouns. They do not modify verbs, adverbs, etc., even though they may be placed before them. For example, “The gray cat […]

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