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The Grammar Mistake You Just Might Be Making

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.

These Things You Do Every Day Have Changed The English Language As We Know It

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books

We're always adding new words to the English language -- selfie, twerk, hashtag, et cetera. This isn't about that. We tap out more messages each da...

3 Grammar Mistakes You Just Might Be Making

| Posted 02.05.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Grammar are a persnickety…wait…let’s try that again. Grammar is a persnickety cog in the writing machine. Try as w...

12 Commonly Misused Words And Phrases

Sara Schwartz | 2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Are you (or someone you love) making these grammar mistakes? End the confusion for good. Read more from Grandparen...

Are You Botching These Smart-Sounding Words?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Perhaps the most common of these offenses occurs with the lengthening -- by a mere syllable, sometimes -- of the correct word to make it the wrong one for the circumstances.

If I Were President . . .

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

If I were President of the United States -- the current President or a newly elected one -- I would immediately convene in the White House a meeting of respected and imaginative representatives of both labor and management from a wide segment of the marketplace.

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Rule #2: Strunk and White, the venerable authors of The Elements of Style, suggest that it is almost always preferable to choose the word "use" over the more pretentious word, "utilize."

'Extraneous Lyrics 2013' Makes All Your Favorite Songs More Verbose

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy

Do you find modern music sometimes lacks complexity and depth in terms of the lyrics? Do you ever wish that your favorite pop songs were a bit more ve...

Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.

12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Who Writes About Grammar Mistakes Makes

Jonathon Owen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Jonathon Owen

There are a lot of bad grammar posts in the world. These days, anyone with a blog and a bunch of pet peeves can crank out a click-bait listicle of supposed grammar errors. There's just one problem -- these articles are often full of mistakes of one sort or another themselves.

Improving K-12 Writing Standards: What Will it Take?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

While global communication has grown and improved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades, the same cannot be said for K-12 writing skills. A new ...

Be Impeccable When You Speak and Your Children Will Be, Too

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

Learning how to speak well won't guarantee your little pumpkin will get into an elite college or land a great job when he graduates. But I can't think of a single thing in life that's made more difficult by effective communication.

How to Avoid the Hazards of Online Job-hunting

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

In need of a part time assistant, I recently posted an ad on craigslist and received an alarming number of responses to my "add" on "craiglist," "craglist" or "cragilist." Maybe it's just me, but the misspelling of "ad" and/or "craigslist" did not work in a candidate's favor.

Why I Wrote a Grammar Book

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

People often ask me why I wrote a grammar book. During most of my professional career, I worked with not-for-profit institutions in various parts of ...

21 Bad Cliches That Just Make You Sound Old

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

When it comes to language, clichés are almost never a good idea. Not only do they indicate laziness, but they are rarely used correctly. Even worse, ...

Why I Fear for Our English Language

Janie Emaus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Every day, I get a text with some sort of code that I can't understand. And believe me, I try to figure it out. I make up what I think the letters stand for and then hope that I'm wrong. How dare they say that?

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.19.2013 | Parents
William B. Bradshaw

Not long ago I was at my dentist's office getting my teeth cleaned. The hygienist, who has gone back to community college to further her education, had a grammar question for me that arose from a history class.

Young, Old and In Between Equals Success

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.28.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

When I was a young adult and thought I had all the answers to life, and yet was looking for more information that might give me a leg up on success, I...

The (Hilarious) Grammar Mistake We All Make

Emma C. S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Teen
Emma C. S. McLaughlin

I don't know if I'm right or if I'm wrong or even if there is a right or a wrong in this situation. I don't know if I'm the first person to even ask this question. But I'm sure there is an answer out there, and I would like to know what it is.

Texting, Tweeting and Terrible Grammar in K-12 Schools

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Internet and cell phone cultures have brought a whole new meaning to American slang. Not only are kids these days speaking informally, but now those r...

Truth or Perception

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.03.2013 | College
William B. Bradshaw

Many people tell me they do not think using correct grammar is all that important. But one does not expect that attitude to prevail in what is supposedly an elite college preparatory school: one would expect the goal to be academic excellence rather than popular perception.

Mrs. Jones, Coaches, and Grandma

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

Competent professors and teachers can make such a difference in the lives of their students.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

Commas, Periods, and Quotation Marks

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

If you follow these three rules, you will always be correct when using quotation marks with other forms of punctuation.

'The Great Gypsy'?!

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

Summer reading lists are a common thing for schools - but usually the books on the list actually exist. A list produced by a Long Island school di...