Test Prep Blog for the English Basics

“Text-Speak” versus “Real” Writing

Oh, how far language and writing have come in human history! From early hieroglyphics and pictographs to the flowery language of Shakespeare to today’s abbreviations and text language, writing is a constantly evolving artform. Despite the changes, however, there is something to be said for knowi...

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When to Use a Comma

Commas. Such small little pieces of punctuation. But so powerful. And so misused. The misused, often misunderstood, comma is ubiquitous. When in doubt, it seems, writers stick in a comma—just to be safe. Here is a list of some of the more common times and reasons to use commas. This is not a com...

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Finding the Main Idea

Many times throughout your education, you’ll be asked to find the main idea of a passage- the “big picture” or point/purpose of the story. While the main idea is frequently obvious and clearly stated, it occasionally takes a little detective work to suss it out. Here are three steps to follow to ...

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Capitalization of a Title

Capitalization of a title can be trickier than you might originally think, because the rules can change a bit depending on what style guide you’re using. The big three style guides are the Associated Press, often called AP for short, Chicago Manual of Style, and MLA. You might be required to use ...

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Rules for Capitalization

Whether it be on homework or a work memo, proper use of the English language is essential to effective communication. While capitalization rules can vary according to style guide, there are a few universals you should familiarize yourself with to make sure your writing is error-free. Here are som...

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“Text-Speak” versus “Real” Writing

Oh, how far language and writing have come in human history! From early…

When to Use a Comma

Commas. Such small little pieces of punctuation. But so powerful. And s…

Finding the Main Idea

Many times throughout your education, you’ll be asked to find the main …