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Word Choice: Inalienable vs. Unalienable (An Independence Day Special)

Happy Independence Day! To celebrate, we’re looking at a controversy related to the founding of...

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Word Choice: Pray vs. Prey

The mantis is an interesting creature: It looks like it’s praying, but it’s really preying....

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How to Write a Movie Review (5 Top Tips)

Fancy being the next Roger Ebert? Then check out the latest blockbuster or arthouse flick,...

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When to Use an Image in an Essay

Pages of text alone can look quite dull. And while “dull” may seem normal enough...

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How to Cite a Newspaper Article in Harvard Referencing

Newspapers and magazines aren’t common sources in academic writing. Or, at least, academics tend to...

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Word Choice: Reoccur vs. Recur

Many of the homophones we look at on this blog have completely different uses from...

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Using Text Styles in Google Docs

Many people now use Google Docs to create and share documents. And to make sure...

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Setting Paper Size in a LaTeX Document

When creating a LaTeX document, you need to set a document class. Each class in...

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Oxford Referencing – Citing a Book

You need two things when citing a book in the Oxford referencing system: a footnote...

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Grammatical Person: The First, Second, and Third Person

As proofreaders, we could describe ourselves as “grammatical people.” We won’t, though, because “grammatical person”...

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Fallacy Watch: What Is Faulty Generalization?

Faulty generalization is a common fallacy – an error in an argument – in both...

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MHRA Referencing – Citing a Website

Still using books when researching an essay? You might as well be living in the...

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