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Word Choice: Alternatively vs. Alternately

“Alternatively” and “alternately” look similar because they both come from the Latin term alternatus. However,...

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How to Write Flash Fiction

How long does a story need to be? With flash fiction, it can be anything...

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Idiom Corner: The Exception That Proves the Rule

“The exception that proves the rule” is a commonly misused phrase in English. Yet it’s...

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Fallacies: Begging the Question and Circular Arguments

We’re back with another fallacy (i.e., an argument that contains a hidden mistake). Today, we’re...

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4 Tips on Writing a Wedding Speech

Who doesn’t love weddings? Fancy clothes, romance, food and drink aplenty – they tick all...

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Mother’s Day Etymology: Where Does “Mom” Come From?

Today is Mother’s Day, the day we thank our female parents for their love and...

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5 Expensive Comma Typos from History

You might not give commas much thought on a day-to-day basis. They’re just punctuation. But...

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Missing Information in APA Referencing

Referencing can be tricky even if you have all the source details. But what do...

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Grammar Tips: Compound Subjects

Verb agreement gets tricky when it comes to compound subjects. Lucky for you, then, we’ve...

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Word Choice: Content vs. Contents

If you’re used to English pluralization, you might assume “contents” is just the plural of...

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AGLC Referencing – Citing Case Reports

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (or AGLC) sets out a uniform approach to citing...

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Star Wars Day! 4 Great Grammatical Mistakes from Hollywood

To celebrate Star Wars Day – slogan, “May the 4th Be With You” – we’re...

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