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Spelling Tips: The “Y” to “I” Rule

When a word ends in a vowel plus “-y,” it’s usually easy to modify it...

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How to Use Conjunctions: As Far As, Since, and Even Though

We use conjunctions (e.g., “and” or “but”) to build grammatical sentences, which in turn allows...

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Comparison Words: Although, Whereas and Despite

Academic writing often involves comparing and contrasting arguments or opinions. There are many words you...

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APA Referencing – How to Cite a Journal Article

The APA style guide (7th edition) is used by hundreds of journals, publishers, and academic...

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Spring Break Y’all! (How to Break Spring on a Budget)

WOO! SPRING BREAK! PROOFREADER PARTY! YEAH! SOMETHING ABOUT GOING WILD! OK, we’ll admit it, proofreaders...

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Word Choice: Deprecate vs. Depreciate

When something loses value, has it “deprecated” or “depreciated”? Many use these terms interchangeably, but...

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How to Reference a Print Book – Harvard Style

We live in a high-speed digital world, but most colleges still have big buildings full...

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Word Choice: That vs. Which

The words “that” and “which” are tricky and even mentioning them in a room full...

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God Bless America! The 8 Weirdest College Majors in the US

America has a long tradition as the land of the free and home of the...

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Hooray, Hooray! It’s Presidents’ Day!

Whether you think of Presidents’ Day as a patriotic celebration of our country’s political leadership, or...

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Word Choice: Fewer vs. Less

Confusions between “fewer” and “less” can provoke fury among pedants: In the UK, one store...

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Spelling Tips: When to Drop the “E”

Thanks to acid house, the phrase “dropping an ‘e’” sounds rather unsavory these days. Nevertheless,...

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