Tag: grammar tips

  • Avoiding Sexist Language in Writing

    Avoiding Sexist Language in Writing

    Recently, my two-year-old son has learned that there is a difference between boys and girls. A few weeks ago, my husband was explaining that Connor and Daddy were boys, but that Mommy was a girl. While he listened, Connor seemed genuinely embarrassed (if that is even possible for a toddler), and quickly exclaimed, “Mommy is…

  • Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

    Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

    I love getting into the nitty-gritty of grammar. The picky stuff. The we-seriously-have-rules-for-that? stuff. Transitive and intransitive verbs are just that. We actually took verbs, cut them down the middle and gave them names. Why? To give eighth-grade teachers something for their pop quizzes. OK, that and the fact that it really does matter for…

  • Commonly Confused Words: There vs. Their vs. They’re

    Commonly Confused Words: There vs. Their vs. They’re

    Nothing will raise more of an uproar on the Internet than using there, their, and they’re the wrong way. If you want to protect your online writing reputation and avoid snarky remarks from your friends, it’s important that you understand how to use these three similar words correctly. There vs. Their vs. They’re at a…

  • Refreshing Your Writing With Synonyms

    Refreshing Your Writing With Synonyms

    I think that using poecilonyms is one of the easiest ways for writers to make their work seem more intriguing and professional. If you’re bracing yourself to learn about some new writing technique or complicated literary device, relax. “Poecilonyms” is just another word for synonyms, which you already work with on a daily basis. Why…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    “Because I work at home, I never have to shower.” “Since I work at home, I never have to shower.” Is there any real difference between these two sentences? If you said, “Yes,” you’re right! If you said, “No,” I’d say it’s time to take a closer look at the words because and since and…

  • How To Properly Use Semicolons

    How To Properly Use Semicolons

    Why did the semicolon break up with the period? Because they had nothing in comma. If there is any post on punctuation that should begin with a joke, it is this one. Whenever I talk about semicolons, I can just feel people around me start to tense up (and not just because grammar has to be…

  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apostrophes… and More

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Apostrophes… and More

    Don’t you just love an apostrophe? It’s a great tool for content writers who like taking shortcuts, as exhibited by these first few sentences. I can’t believe how much more conversational my writing is when I put that beautiful little piece of punctuation in place of a bunch of letters. But apostrophes can do more than simply…