Author: Amber Morris

  • Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    When I watched “Grease” for the first time, I fell in love with the music and wanted to stand up and dance when “Born to Hand Jive” came on. That was my first experience with the word jive, and I had no idea what the word meant. Now I do, and I want to share it…

  • What Are Modal Verbs of Probability?

    What Are Modal Verbs of Probability?

    Modal verbs of probability may seem like intimidating parts of language, but they’re actually verb structures that are found in everyday speech and cwriting. When you’re looking through the latest gossip magazine regarding George and Amal Clooney’s latest news and find yourself gasping, “That can’t be true!” you are using a modal verb of probability.…

  • 25 Tongue Twisters Everyone Should Know

    25 Tongue Twisters Everyone Should Know

    Funny tongue twisters are the cornerstone of many family road trips, recess games and annoying little brothers, and that is likely due to the near impossibility of perfect pronunciation. These phrases are made to force mispronunciation and confusion, but it is this purposeful manipulation that makes tongue twisters in Enghlish great for teaching proper pronunciation…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Its vs. it’s and its’ … sounds confusing right? It’s not! If there is one absolute in life, it is this: The English language is ridiculous. The guidelines often seem so arbitrarily set that I have no doubt that grammar trolls designed the rulebooks with the sole intention of tripping us up. I picture them…

  • 5 Things To Look for in Part-Time Content Writing Jobs

    5 Things To Look for in Part-Time Content Writing Jobs

    Let’s be honest: A 9 to 5 kind of career isn’t for everyone. More and more, people are turning away from the traditional cubical-to-office connection to their employers and seeking out stay-at-home opportunities to make money on their own schedule from the comfort of, well, anywhere with Wi-Fi. This includes those looking for part-time content…

  • Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Idiom Examples That Break the Grammar Mold

    Editors and clients sometimes quail at the sight of idiomatic phrases. If someone asks you to cool it with the old saws, you’ll probably want to listen up. Idiom examples can throw readers for a loop if they aren’t familiar with the sayings you’re using. Going nuts with figurative speech can also have a variety…

  • Why You Need To Start Calling Yourself a Writer

    Why You Need To Start Calling Yourself a Writer

    Being a writer isn’t like being a dentist or a professional race car driver or a vigilante who protects the streets of Gotham. Those careers are ones where you’ll regularly see the professional in action, but it’s often different with writing. Not every writer actually earns a paycheck for being a writer. Say what? You…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Ambience vs. Ambiance

    Commonly Confused Words: Ambience vs. Ambiance

    The fireplace is dancing and crackling as large fluffy snowflakes make their way to the ground outside my window. The softly glowing flames of a candle fill the air with scents of cinnamon and cloves. Snuggled in my cozy, knit sweater, I sip my steaming cup of hot chocolate as I sit down to my…

  • She, He, They, Xe: Learn All Pronouns for Genders

    She, He, They, Xe: Learn All Pronouns for Genders

    When you learned about pronouns in grammar school, you probably didn’t think they’d play a role in everyday life. However, as times and society’s understanding of gender has changed, pronouns have taken center stage, especially in writing. As a genderfluid writer, I have a special interest in learning and using all pronouns for genders. Just as I…