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Things to Do in College
11 Steps on How to Write a Reference for a Friend
How to Memorize Quickly
When to Use a Comma
Dos and Don'ts to Win School Fights
12 Great Books No One Knows About
Difference Between College and University
17 Rhetorical Devices and Their Examples
Books to Read in 2015—Just Try to Read One!
Some of these books I’ve read. Some I haven’t. But I plan to read them all. You should, too. If you are new to making reading goals, don’t let the idea of 12 good books overwhelm you. You don’t have to read all of these at once, think of this...
How to Calculate Grade Percentage
Ever take a class where the total class grade is subdivided into percentage for different assignments or tests? For example, the total class grade is calculated by taking a percentage of different categories of work, such as tests, quizzes and hom...
With respect to knowing punctuation rules, understanding when to use a comma and period are generally going to be sufficient to communicate effectively. However, in a way, writing is similar to cooking. If you know how to boil water, you could pro...
Active Voice vs Passive Voice
When learning how to write proper English using accurate grammar, one skill to learn is the difference between active voice vs passive voice. Grammatically speaking, the diathesis (or voice) of a sentence describes a relationship between the actio...
Affect vs Effect
One of the most confusing word pairs in the English language is “affect” and “effect.” One of the reasons for this “affect” vs “effect” confusion is because they have similar meanings. “Effect” comes from the Latin word effectus which means “to br...
Comprised Of or Composed Of: Which One Is Correct?
What does the word “comprise” mean? How do you properly use the word? Some people don’t know the answer to both those questions and therefore hesitate to use the word “comprise” in their writing. Other writers know the answers or simply don’t care...
Each Other vs One Another
“Each other” and “one another” are both what the English language calls reciprocal pronouns. This means that the pronouns do or feel the same thing to each other. An example of reciprocal pronoun use can be seen with the following sentence: “The t...
In To or Into: What's the Difference?
A befuddlement of many writers is when to use “into,” which is one word, or “in to,” which is two words. Although they sound the same when spoken and look similar when written, they can mean very different things.
The communication process is the way that we share our feelings, thoughts and ideas with other people and have them understand those feelings, thoughts and ideas. We communicate by listening, speaking and observing, but sometimes people find the p...
Stationary vs Stationery
One of the more difficult homophone word sets to spell correctly is “stationary” vs “stationery.” Even though they are pronounced the same, they mean completely different things. The only difference in the spelling of stationary or stationery is j...
Lay vs Lie
Do you ever wonder if you should use the word “lay” or the word “lie”? Today we are going examine the “lay” vs “lie” word conundrum. When you hear the word “lay,” unless you have the context, it can mean either the past tense of the word “lie” or ...
When to Spell Out Numbers
Even outside of math class, numbers show up everywhere, including in writing. However, unlike in math class, sometimes numbers need to be written out. For many writers, when to spell out numbers and when to write the numbers as numerals are quite ...