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Last update: 2009-05-14

Using Ages: Numerals or Spelled Out?

2009-05-14 :: Karen Reddick

Deciding between using numerals or words for ages is not really considered a grammatical issue, and there are no "rules" or no right or wrong way to express numerical amounts, it is; however, an issue of style...…

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Is is One Word, Two Words, or Hyphenated

2009-05-14 :: Karen Reddick

One of the issues many writers come up against is whether a two-word phrase is two separate words, hyphenated, or a compound word ...…

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What's an Adverb and How to use it correctly

2009-05-14 :: Karen Reddick

Many professional editors and great writers agree that most adverbs are unnecessary and should be cut out whenever possible. What is an adverb and when should you use it?…

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Grammar Done Right! * Word Confusion

2008-10-17 :: Karen Reddick

Choosing the correct words are especially important in writing, where ideas and attitudes are expressed without the help of facial expressions, tone of voice, or gestures. Enhance the power of your writing...…

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Grammar Done Right! * Redundancy

2008-10-02 :: Karen Reddick

While rummaging through the car, I asked myself, Now where did I put those keys? Or, While rummaging through the car, I thought to myself, Now where did I put those keys? In both sentences the statements asked myself and thought to myself are redundant . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Phew vs. Whew

2008-09-27 :: Karen Reddick

What's the difference between Phew and Whew? And how do we use them in a sentence?…

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Grammar Done Right! * Using Bulleted Lists

2008-09-18 :: Karen Reddick

In our hurry up digital world, where most readers scan text instead of savoring each carefully chosen word, bulleted lists are popular and seen everywhere. But, how do you use punctuation and capitalization . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Active or Passive Voice

2008-09-12 :: Karen Reddick

Pump up your writing by using the active voice . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * 10 Tips to Better Writing

2008-09-08 :: Karen Reddick

Want to become a better writer? Here is The Editor's top ten tips . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Colloquialism

2008-08-15 :: Karen Reddick

Colloquialisms are informal expressions (sometimes thought of as slang) that should never be used in formal speech or writing, but play a role in how we communicate. Look for these colloquialisms used in everyday speech . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Slang

2008-08-03 :: Karen Reddick

What about using slang when writing? It depends on what you are writing and who will read it. Slang has it place but . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Hyperbole

2008-07-18 :: Karen Reddick

A hyperbole [pronounced "hy-PER-buh-lee"] is a figure of speech that adds exaggeration to your writing . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Personification

2008-07-03 :: Karen Reddick

Personification is a figure of speech that gives "human" characteristics (emotion, honesty, volition, etc.) to an animal, object, or idea . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Metaphors

2008-06-26 :: Karen Reddick

The metaphor is the most common figure of speech. It lets us use one image to conjure up another. You hear metaphors used every day and some we've heard so often they are now considered cliches . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Similes

2008-06-08 :: Karen Reddick

You will usually find the words "as" or "like" when using a simile. The simile is a comparison that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in another way . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Alliterations

2008-05-19 :: Karen Reddick

Alliterations are matching or repetition of consonants or repeating of the same letter (or sound) at the beginning of words. Poetry is an example of alliteration use. Here are some examples . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Cliches

2008-05-08 :: Karen Reddick

Cliches are an overused expression that a million writers have used before you and a million more will use after use. Let's be creative in our writing. Here are a few cliches to avoid . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! * Diction

2008-04-30 :: Karen Reddick

Choosing the correct words are especially important in writing, where ideas and attitudes are expressed without the help of facial expressions, tone of voice, or gestures. You can enhance the power of your writing by following these guidelines . . .…

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Grammar Done Right! Now on Amazon.com

2008-04-17 :: Karen Reddick

Two years' worth of Red Hot Grammar Tips compiled into an easy to understand reference guide. Great for authors, writers, scholars, students, teachers, business professionals, editors, and publishers. Get your copy today at Amazon.com…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * Only

2008-04-07 :: Karen Reddick

"Only the lonely" is the phrase to remember when trying to figure out where this word belongs. Find out how to use "only" correctly . . .…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * Lay vs. Lie

2008-03-24 :: Karen Reddick

If you can remember that "lay" is an active verb meaning "to place" and "lie" is a still or passive verb meaning "to recline" you've got this battle half way won . . .…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * Eager vs. Anxious

2008-03-13 :: Karen Reddick

Eager and anxious are often misused but are not interchangeable. Find out how to correctly use these words . . .…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * Into vs. In To

2008-03-04 :: Karen Reddick

Yes, there is a difference! Just because "in" and "to" happen to land next to each other often in writing, don't be too quick to combine them as one word. Find out how to use this rule . . .…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * May vs. Might

2008-02-15 :: Karen Reddick

It's tricky not to get these two words confused. May comes from the word maybe, and that's a good indicator for when it's used. Try this tip to keep these two words straight . . .…

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Red Hot Grammar Tips * Well/Good vs. Bad/Badly

2008-02-04 :: Karen Reddick

Let's meet Well/Good and their neighbors Bad/Badly. If you can keep this rule straight, you've got this problem licked!…

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