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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...
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...
The subjunctive mood is the verb form utilized to explore hypothetical circumstances ("If I were you") or to express a wish, demand, or suggestion ("I demand he be present"). What Is "Mood?" Mood is what form that a verb takes to show how it is to be regarded (as a fact, a wish, a...
Parallel sentence elements in grammar are like parallel lines in geometry: they go the same direction but never meet. More accurately, in grammar, it’s less about meeting and more about the balance. In grammar, Parallelism is defined as two or more phrases or clauses in the same sentence with the...
The English language, the language of Shakespeare, can be very expressive and flexible in communicating thoughts and ideas. For instance, we might write or say something like: "that guitar has been lounging in my living-room corner since Bush was president." Most of us may understand what that sentence conveys, but...
If you've seen Forrest Gump, then you know the iconic simile: "My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." We'll use this example to explain exactly what it is. First, a simile is a phrase that describes something using a...
There are three main ways to describe points of view: first, second, and third person. The first-person point of view uses the I/we perspective. The second-person point of view uses the you perspective. The third-person point of view uses the he/she/it/they perspective. First-Person Point of View We typically speak in the first person when we're talking about ourselves, our opinions, and the things...
A metaphor is a figure of speech. They help to explain an idea or make a comparison. They describe an object or action in a manner that isn't literally true, but gives the reader a clearer view of the author's perspective. Here are some things to know about metaphors: Metaphors state that...
If you could use three words to explain your personality to someone, which words would you use? Maybe all that popped into your head was "I'm a person" or "Need a job." If so, you're in the right place. Writing a bio isn't easy; it's always a challenge to...
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...