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First and firstly are both ordinal adverbs, or ordering adverbs, that English writers or speakers use to itemize related points (e.g., first…second…third… or firstly…secondly…thirdly…). Because first, second, and third work quite well as both adjectives and adverbs, some people find that adding -ly is redundant and even a little...
Miss, Ms., Mrs., and Mx. are not interchangeable terms. Addressing someone with the wrong title can be offensive, so it is important to know the difference between these four prefixes. The guide below will describe how they have been used historically and how to use them now. Here’s a...
A white paper is the perfect format to compile and share your business's deep knowledge of the industry. It's a useful product that can highlight your company's expertise, and it's also a valuable marketing tool. But how exactly do you transform your knowledge into a cohesive white paper? White papers...
In order to properly format a business letter, we need to consider its various parts, as well as format and font.   Let's begin with the structure of the letter. Parts of a Business Letter This article is organized in the correct order for writing a business letter, beginning with the...
Nobody wants to be known as a boring conversationalist, and one way to avoid that reputation is to steer clear of predictable speech patterns. Do you overuse the phrase "per our conversation?" Here are five less frequently-used variations to try out! As Mentioned As Agreed Following our conversation Pursuant...
The word "quarter" is heard often in the busintess world where a year breaks down into four sections (quarters). Strategies across the entirety of the year are broken into quarters - first, second, third and fourth. A common question we receive from our readers is regarding the proper abbreviation...
Reading and writing are the first things that we are taught in school. They are the basis for understanding and learning all other subjects. Also, they are essential for navigating day-to-day life. However, a common complaint emerges: school does not teach usable skills. We’ve all heard about the fact that...
So you have a business idea, great! Now you simply have to actualize it, starting with a business plan. A business plan helps you get funding for your business idea, but your proposal needs a solid structure. Business plan outline The key to a good business plan is the outline. It...
When you use the correct tone, your writing can become so much more than words on a page. Tone is what allows writers to build a new world with deeply complex characters. Author and sensitivity reader Dennis Norris II stated that if he remembers the language of something he...
We recently published an extensive article on how to professionally end an email. Here, we are going to take another look at the topic, concentrating on the sign-off specifically.  You've crafted your email to be clear and well-constructed. You've edited it carefully. The body of the email may be absolutely perfect,...