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There is a bad habit among writers to use ornate phrases where a single word will do. The English language is full of such terms. Sometimes, there can be multiple variations of the same phrase. An example of this is in regard to and in regards to. Let’s dig in...
A good definition for “technical writing” is simplifying the complex. To accomplish this seemingly simple action, a writer must employ skills and techniques to communicate information from numerous fields of human endeavor.  Technical writing can be considered a component of technical communication. Its primary intention is to share detailed...
Updated October, 2022: Is it "and I" or "and me"? One of the most common errors that creep into business grammar is the pesky Me, Myself, and I.   What Is The Difference Between "Me," "Myself" and "I"? Here is an example of this illustrative error found on a popular blog with...
Did you know that alright is not an accepted spelling of all right? Although one can see the one-world spelling in informal writing, editors (as well as teachers) will always mark it as incorrect. In order to properly use the expression, one must separate the words: all right. Perhaps the first time you encountered...
Is it cannot or can not or can't? Here, we look at the proper way to use all three variations. Can't Can't is simply a contraction of cannot, and therefore not always suitable for formal writing. It is often found in everyday speaking and writing: He can't drive until his leg heals.  She can't imagine anyone else...
The subjunctive form often confuses many writers, leaving them thinking: is it if I was or were?  Why don't we take a closer look and clear up any confusion. General Rule: You should use were (in place of was) when the statement is contrary to fact. Statements that are contrary to fact often begin with...
What's the difference between the phrases "Due to" and "because of"? You may have caught yourself using the phrase "due to" rather than "because of." You may have done so because it's simpler and shorter and gives a more formal touch to your writing. However, according to the rules in...
Updated 15 September, 2022: The correct way to fully write out dates using commas, according to the American format, is to write the weekday separate from the month and date, which in turn will be separated from the year using a comma—for example, Friday, April 29, 1993. This is one...
Yesterday I went on an urban hike. Climbing stairs among lush greenery, I spotted the sign below. Not again! Someone had once again printed a sign without checking on their use of apostrophes. Don’t do it! Before creating a sign or printing cards that include an apostrophe, read this...
The other day while giving feedback to a client on her customer-service writing, I noticed this sentence: "Once you receive your new card, please contact any merchants with whom you have reoccurring charges." Reoccurring charges? Is that correct? Or should it be “recurring charges”? What do you think?  Before I...