Can vs. Could

Most of us think we know how to use “can” and “could,” but do we know how they’re used or do we use what sounds right? Generally it’s the latter. This post will briefly detail how these two words work. Read more to find out!

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Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!

Since I am visiting my parents for the Easter weekend, I will not be posting again until Monday. I hope you all have a great Easter or Passover and, if you don’t believe in either, just have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you all on Monday!

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Personal Statements: Common Mistakes

I know several of you are thinking about getting a BA or an MA, both of which require personal statements. Since this topic was the most popular vote (go vote in the poll on the right for what you want to see next!), I figured I’d go ahead and address it. Personal statements for your […]

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Compare and Contrast Essays

I know several of you are either in Spring Break, approaching it, or just finished it. I found that Spring Break either meant every professor gave me an essay to do or every professor decided to give me a break. No happy mediums here. Unfortunately, since my experience leans towards the former, I thought discussing […]

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Who’s, Whose and Whom–oh my!

Today’s post will discuss those tricky “who” words. I actually had to ask the difference between “who’s” and “whose” myself recently, and now I’ll never live it down (apparently it’s hysterical when an English major needs help with English–who knew?). Perhaps even worse than the whole “who’s”/”whose” issue is the “who”/”whom” issue. So if you’ve […]

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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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