English can be a pretty versatile language. With the ability to write a given sentence in various ways, it can be hard to know which is grammatically correct. For example, if you find a sale that reduces the price of something, should you say that there is a “discount...
“Vs” Versus “vs.” Versus “V.”   The abbreviations “Vs.” “V.” and “Vs” are short for the word “versus,” not to be confused with the word “verses.”  The word versus means “opposed” to something or someone, as in competition.  All three standard abbreviations are acceptable, although “vs” is a U.K. variant. When...
When conducting business, we often have to submit a lot of our work in writing. We often find ourselves writing emails, newsletters, notes, proposals, and much more. With this, capitalization rules can get somewhat messy, so keep reading to learn more about the basic capitalization rules that you should...
Regardless of what you are writing, outlining and organizing your thoughts into a rough draft can allow you to visualize your writing as a whole. Keep reading to learn more about why rough drafts can help you and how you can make amazing rough drafts!  What Exactly Is A Rough...
Writing a proposal may seem daunting. They are essential to winning new business. There is pressure to create a persuasive pitch that summarizes the value of what you’re offering. The proposal should also show how you can resolve your client’s problems. And all of that information should only take...
Creating solid and effective dialogue in a story can be very tricky; you need it to be clear, you need it to be meaningful, and most importantly, you need it to add something to the story to create depth.  To create effective dialogue, follow some of these simple guidelines: Follow basic...
If you write a novel set in the future, do you call it the 35th Century? 35th century? Thirty-fifth Century? Thirty-Fifth Century? What about this century?   The short answer is that thirty-fifth century is almost always correct. Exceptions include if it is at the beginning of a sentence or...
Did you know you can turn a noun into a verb? This is called “verbing” or “to verb.” If you use a noun in place of a verb, most people will understand what you mean. Verbing is mostly for informal situations. It’s also good to know that some people...
Have you ever had someone help you in such a significant way that a simple “Thank you” seemed inadequate? Expressing gratitude is so important. Its effects on your attitude and outlook can be far-reaching. So, let’s explore some thoughtful and sincerely synonyms to the "express my gratitude" message. Use...
When finishing an email or snail-mail letter, the closing provides various opportunities.  Should you use "Sincerely" or the two-word variant "Sincerely yours?" What about "Yours truly," where does that feature? Maybe a simple "Thank you" will be sufficient or should you should express your "Warmest regards." Is there a situation...