Full Sentence Direct Quote - Capitalize The First Word: When considering capitalization in quotes, the first rule to remember is - when quoting a complete sentence, you should capitalize the first word, no matter where the quote is placed within the larger sentence.  For example: John said, "If these trends continue, we'll...
If you've missed your colleague's (friend's, family member's, etc.) birthday and you are sending your best wishes late, there are many options for how to say that you're sorry you're late and to wish them a happy birthday nonetheless. However, if you're choosing to use the word "belated," there...
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...
Paul "Bear" Bryant, a legendary American college football player and coach, once said, "When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don't repeat it." These are the words of a wise man and an experienced...
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes.  It has also given rise to novelties in our everyday life, and has also brought some phrases and grammatical construction to the forefront. For example, do we have less cases than last month, or fewer cases? Do we say that the number of...
Sarcasm vs. facetiousness - are they interchangeable? Well, sarcasm adds an interesting intonation to your writing, making it seem witty and (hopefully!) hilarious. Of course, just like any other language device, sarcasm is best used in moderation. In everyday speech, it’s best served amongst peers you share a similar...
We published an article on this topic a few years back, which is where we recommend you begin - it can be found here. After receiving numerous questions regarding the subject, we decided to address the issue once again with a little refresher: So WHICH One Is It? These two common little...
Sic can mean several things: An adverb indicating that something is being quoted exactly as is, including any possible errors. Another way to say such in Scottish A verb meaning “to strike” or “to pounce.” As in sic 'em! Sic is that strange little word that tends to lurk within brackets or parentheses and can...
We have all seen parents who allow their kids to run amok at the shopping mall. Or do these rowdy little rascals run amuck? You have surely seen both spellings and wondered: "is it amuck or amok?"  A Little History The phrase "to run amok" was first used in the English language in the 1670s. The...
A sentence should be long enough to reach its end, however, you still have to maintain the aesthetic of your writing, as well as balance. Your sentence can be one single word, or it can be extremely long, but what will best engage the reader and retain attention? In most...