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Language and Word Choice in the Digital Age

Language and word choice always matter, but selecting the correct language and words is particularly important in the digital age, when communication is extremely limited in its expressive nuances, and virtually limitless in who it is able to reach. These two realities make it vital to make sure ...

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There Ain’t No Problem with Double Negatives—Except There IS!

Although we often think of English and math as being two very different worlds, there is one way in which they are alike. In math, when you multiply a negative number by a negative number, the resulting number is positive. This rule also applies to English. A negative and a negative in a sentenc...

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“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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Language and Word Choice in the Digital Age

Language and word choice always matter, but selecting the correct langu…

There Ain’t No Problem with Double Negatives—Except There IS!

Although we often think of English and math as being two very different…

“Text-Speak” versus “Real” Writing

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