Common Irregular Verbs (1)

March 26, 2014 – 3:22 pm The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most dictionaries list all of the irregular forms along with the base form of the verb. If you aren’t sure whether a verb is regular or irregular, and the dictionary only lists the base ...

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How To Overcome Writer’s Block

February 27, 2014 – 2:44 pm One of the most serious problems that many of us face on an almost daily basis is the problems that arise when faced with a blank page or screen. In fact, there’s nothing much worse in the office or school environment than having to deal with the dreaded “writer’s block” ...

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Commonly Confused Words/Terms – No. 9

January 30, 2014 – 11:44 am This is the 9th and final installment in my ongoing series of words and/or terms that are commonly confused in everyday writing and speaking. Some of these words/terms are used in informal speech as "colloquialisms" but should not be used in most types of formal writing. As I said, this is final ...

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Writing Help Top 10 – 2013

December 30, 2013 – 12:13 pm This is my usual year-end blog post. During 2013 more than 3.5 million people from over 220 countries visited my various writing help websites looking for information and templates to help them with their writing projects. So, in my year-end post to The Write Place Blog I am giving you ...

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Gender-Neutral Equivalent Words

November 30, 2013 – 7:02 pm Now that we are well into the 21st century, stereotyping people based on their sex (i.e. sexual stereotyping) is no longer an acceptable practice in everyday English language usage. Although the adoption of this principle may still vary from country to country, and culture to culture, it is becoming increasingly ...

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Irregular Plural Nouns

October 31, 2013 – 2:56 pm The plural form of many nouns in English is irregular. Although, the standard way to pluralize a word in English is to add an "s" at the end of the word, there are many exceptions. Many of these non-standard or irregular plurals are non-intuitive, and the only way to know ...

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Two-Word Verbs (3) – The List Goes On…

September 26, 2013 – 12:07 pm I posted the first two parts of my two-word verb list in October 2012 (those starting with letters a to g); and in March 2013 (for the letters h to q). This final installment covers those two-word verbs that start with letters r to w. As I pointed out in ...

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No Wonder English Is Difficult…

August 29, 2013 – 8:40 am I have often heard it said that English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I’m not sure how true this is since English is my original mother tongue and came naturally to me as I grew up. In fact, my personal language-learning difficulties have come while trying ...

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Commonly Confused Words/Terms – No. 8

July 30, 2013 – 12:38 pm This is another article in my ongoing series about common errors used in everyday English. It’s an excerpt from my long “list” of words and/or terms that I notice are commonly confused in everyday writing and speaking. Some of these words/terms are used in informal speech as “colloquialisms” but should ...

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9 Ways To Improve Your Business Letters

May 29, 2013 – 1:55 pm I am regularly amazed at how often business people fail to follow basic guidelines when it comes to writing their business letters. If you want your business to thrive and succeed in the long-term it is critical that one of your primary business tools -- the business letter -- is ...

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