Tag: grammar

  • 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…

  • What Is a Comma Splice and Why Should You Care?

    What Is a Comma Splice and Why Should You Care?

    Before I embarked on the glamorous, jewel-encrusted life of a freelancer, I taught college English for close to a decade. Over the course of those nine luxurious, champagne-soaked years of commuting from one side of Chicago to the other on my yacht and getting paid in rubies and Kanye West concert tickets, I graded a…

  • Subject/Verb Disagreement No More!

    Subject/Verb Disagreement No More!

    I cringe every time my two-year-old son brings me a toy proclaiming that “it don’t work,” not only because he has broken yet another toy but also because I have an irrational fear that he will never learn the correct subject-verb agreement. Thankfully, most children learn that something “doesn’t work” without ever needing a formal…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    We’re back trying to unravel the complexities of commonly confused words. Do you have trouble correctly using complement vs. compliment? What about using complimentary vs. complementary? Do you want to learn more about them so you can show off how smart you are to your Facebook friends? Well then, let us enlighten you! Complement vs. Compliment at…

  • Generic Words To Retire

    Generic Words To Retire

    My high school creative writing teacher (a shout out to Ms. Grant!) once told me to stay away from the adjective beautiful because it is overused and became meaningless as a result. I’ve thought about her advice numerous times over the years, and as an editor, I’ve seen firsthand how writers fill pages with empty expressions.…

  • Fear Not: You Can Become a Better Speller!

    Fear Not: You Can Become a Better Speller!

    Misspelling words can be embarrassing, especially when you do something comical like swap an O for a U in the word coop. A “chicken coop” is very different from a “chicken coup.” Fortunately, spelling struggles are not a terminal condition. There are a few ways to become a better speller, and the best method is…

  • Get a Good Laugh With Misplaced Modifiers

    Get a Good Laugh With Misplaced Modifiers

    Did your mom ever call out the entire list of your siblings’ or pets’ names before getting to yours? I only have two sons and I do it already. There’s just something about being a parent (sleep deprivation, anyone?) that can make it really hard to format your thoughts into coherent sentences. Any time you…

  • How To Correctly Use AP (And APA) Style Title Case

    How To Correctly Use AP (And APA) Style Title Case

    After spending time and energy coming up with the perfect title for your article, blog post or story, do you really want to take even more time debating how to format it correctly? For instance, what words do you capitalize in the title of an SEO blog? Which words are not capitalized in a title on…