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Word Choice: Immigration, Emigration and Migration

Although closely related, “immigration,” “emigration” and “migration” have distinct meanings that you need to understand....

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Word Choice: Ensure vs. Insure

Although “ensure” and “insure” sound similar and differ in spelling by only one letter, they...

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Using the Serial (or “Oxford”) Comma

The band Vampire Weekend once memorably sang words to the effect of “who gives a...

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Increase Concentration

No matter how close the deadline, sometimes your motivation to read, research, write and edit...

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Word Choice: Subsequently vs. Consequently

These two words are easy to mix up and often used (incorrectly) to mean much...

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Alternatives to Using “Said” When Quoting a Source

When discussing the arguments of other thinkers, as we often have to do when writing...

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Word Choice: Where, We’re and Were

Although “where,” “we’re” and “were” each have completely different meanings, some people seem to think...

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Word Choice: Effect vs. Affect

Despite the fact that “effect” is usually a noun and “affect” is primarily a verb,...

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How to Reference an Ebook with the Oxford Referencing Style

When you reference an ebook using the Oxford referencing style, you must cite your source...

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The Structure of an Academic Paper

Most academic papers have a five-part structure. This can vary depending on what you are...

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Abstract and Concrete Nouns Explained

Nouns are naming words and an essential part of the English language. They fall into...

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