Most abbreviations are easy to figure out. It’s much more common to say “Mr.” instead of “Mister,” and writing “4 km” is a lot easier than “4 kilometers.” For some abbreviations, however, finding the right way to shorten them isn’t so easy. In fact, there could even be an...
Let's talk address punctuation. Even though it may be considered a dying skill, correctly addressing an envelope can be very useful. Addresses can be tricky, as each is different and poses new formatting issues. One main example is commas, which often throw people off when addressing letters. Additionally, if...
In English, it seems like many words are similar but have different functions and meanings. This creates a lot of confusion for English writers, especially if it is the first time they have ever encountered those words.  In any case, it is important to know the minor distinctions between similar...
English can be very difficult, especially if you are still getting used to the more detailed parts of speech. For instance, articles such as "a" and "an" seem to have secret rules that only some people claim to know. Should we use "a" or "an" before the letter "h?" Is it "a...
Can you start your sentence with 'however?' How about using 'however' in the middle of a sentence? It is certainly a very useful word. However, one must be mindful of the various regulations that dictate whenever and however we use it!   To mean 'but'  One of the most common ways we...
Whenever you talk to someone in person or online, it is customary to give a proper address such as “good morning” or “good afternoon.”  Sounds easy enough, but how would you capitalize these? Let's take a look.  In general, both “good morning” and “good afternoon”  should only be capitalized when used at the beginning...
“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...
A well-crafted conclusion is a perfect way to end almost any piece of writing. Conclusions can easily change a reader's mind or solidify what they already know and believe. In any sense, how can you write killer conclusions that leave your reader wanting more?  Why Use A Conclusion?  A conclusion is...
  "So" can function as different parts of speech, most commonly an adverb or coordinating conjunction. When speaking, using "so" in casual conversation is generally accepted.  However, in writing, "so" should not start sentences unless used in dialogue. Throughout conversation and writing, the word "so" appears regularly. There are plenty...
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...