There’s a game embedded in this article! In the last example for each section, see if you can choose the correct word from the [two/too] options in brackets. If [your/you’re] not sure, the answer will be revealed in the next section.Details
Should you “season” your cover letter with a great quote? Definitely not! Read why.Details
Note To Readers from Sam Diener: There is no possible way that I could have written this article. I rely on two editors to make sure my grammar is correct! So I invited Ms. Brenda Bernstein, the Essay Expert, to come along and write this series of two articles for me. She is quite the grammarian, and she is much smarter than I. So you all had better listen to her – and enjoy!Details
Last week I wrote an article about quotation marks, and I did not cover the topic of their overuse. Quotation marks are often used to “emphasize” a word when they are grammatically unnecessary or incorrect. Thankfully, another blogger has taken on the gallant task of locating errant quotation marks so that I can take a…Details
Quotation marks are a beloved form of punctuation in the English language, used to indicate a verbatim report on what someone said, and used in a great deal of business writing. They are often misused. This week I will clear up some misconceptions held by many about proper usage of these marks.Details
What’s the difference between a resume and a LinkedIn profile? Brenda Bernstein of The Essay Expert answers this question and more on a recent interview posted on Bill Vick’s EmploymentDigest.net.Details
I’ve noticed a tendency in many writers to combine certain 2-word phrases into one word. One of the most common pairs of words I have seen people put together ungrammatically are “every” and “day.” Please note: “Every day” does NOT mean the same thing as “everyday.” Be careful when you choose to create this compound word about what you really mean to say.Details
Do you know when to use i.e. and when to use e.g.? What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
Unless you have studied Latin or the intricacies of the English language, you might be surprised to learn that the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. mean different things. Many people use them interchangeably – and they are not, in fact, interchangeable.
Do “correct” spellings change over time? This video clip from ABC News, and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), assert that they do. Usage does dictate what authorities such as the OED report as correct spellings of words, such as “free reign” and “vocal chords.” As much as I would like to think things like spellings…Details