Possessive Apostrophe Usage (Possessive Nouns)

I find that a lot of people understand that you use apostrophe-s to make something possessive, but there’s still a lot of confusion over how to use this combination correctly–especially with plural nouns. This post should help clear this problem up for you, and it will make me feel a little less guilty for being […]

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MLA Update 2009: New Formatting Guidelines

In April, the Modern Language Association (MLA) created new citation and formatting guidelines for 2009. Unfortunately, no one informed me of this, so I’m just discovering that there are some changes I need to make to my term paper (due tomorrow!). I’m just going to show some brief update highlights; be sure to get the […]

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Empiricisim vs. Rationalism: How did you know that?

Both ideas deal with the study of epistemology, which is basically the study of knowledge. Empiricism and Rationalism are opposing sides in the argument of how we acquire knowledge throughout life. Allow me to introduce you to these two ideas about how you know what you know. Empiricism This idea explains that everything we know […]

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How to Write a Resume

Today’s post will focus on resume writing. With the job market as it is, it is important to portray yourself in a way that an organization will take notice and give you a shot at an interview. I will give you some advice on how you can effectively communicate your experiences and skills to prospective […]

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Illicit vs. Elicit

Sorry I’ve been a little…absent…lately. I’ve been completely inundated with schoolwork for the past week and probably will be for the next two weeks. However, trying to be the wonderful little blogger that I am, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to do a post about illicit and elicit. Let’s be frank, these words […]

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Logic 101: Validity and Soundness

Logic can be one of the most frustrating areas of philosophy. Anyone who has had a class on critical thinking or logic could tell you that they have spent hours and hours working on homework only to come out with a sub-par grade. When a friend of mine suggested to do a few posts on logic, […]

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Precede vs. Proceed

I was working on an assignment for school when I realized there was a green little squiggle under the word proceeds in Microsoft Word. Me? Make a grammatical mistake? Noooo! Never (end tongue-in-cheek humor). Ok, so anyway. I realized I used proceeds incorrectly and thus decided to do a post! Keep reading to find out […]

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Grammar Guide: Verb Tenses

Today’s post will explore the different verb tenses and how they function. A verb is an action word, but the action can happen in the past, present, or future. Those “time frames” are what we call tenses. To a native English speaker, verb tenses may seem relatively easy, but in all honesty, they can be […]

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(un)Enlightened Philosophy is now Online!

(un)Enlightened English now has a sister site: (un)Enlightened Philosophy! (un)Enlightened Philosophy runs by our guidelines and as such, it simplifies complex philosophical ideologies and presents them in a concise, easy-to-read manner. If you or any of your friends have wondered what “I think, therefore I am” means or have to figure out what Socrates’s life […]

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How to Focus for School, or “I Have to Read Over 100 Pages by Tomorrow!”

I am ridiculously distracted today, and yes–I need to read over 100 pages from Arthurian Romances by tomorrow (and write a response on it!). Arthurian Romances was written by Chretien de Troyes and is a compilation of five stories dealing with the Arthurian Legend. I need to read the story about Yvain, also known as […]

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