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Tell the Grammar Bully Where to Get Off…

…it is OK to use a preposition at the end of a sentence! Somewhere deep within all of us there lurks a “grammar bully” — the stern guardian of the language who will never let us forget a comma or … Continue reading

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Run-On Sentences

Often it’s thought that a run-on sentence is a very long sentence that cannot be spoken in one breath. Not true! A run-on sentence has two or more independent clauses (groups of words that communicate complete thoughts — an independent … Continue reading

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Necessary Words Only

Business writing (from e-mails and memos to articles and reports) needs to be about clarity over length. Keeping your sentences short, using easily understandable words and minding the length of your writing ensures a clearer message for your reader. Tip … Continue reading

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Compound Sentences and the Comma vs. the Semicolon

When joining two independent clauses (or two sentences, or two complete thoughts), you’ll need to determine whether to use a comma or a semicolon. When using a comma, one of these coordinating conjunctions must be used: and, but, for, nor, … Continue reading

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When You’re Editing, Use Your Head Not Your Computer

Welcome to Tips and Tricks Tuesday, a weekly column on grammar for tribal secretaries and administrative assistants. Despite all the technology that has made writing easier, it can’t take the place of a powerful vocabulary, a firm grasp of grammar … Continue reading

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