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How to Formally Write the Date

How to Formally Write the Date

When writing the date, some prefer to put the month first, still others the day. Some people write the date out in full, others use abbreviations or just numbers. Should dashes or forward slashes be used? How are the months (especially the shorter ones, like March) supposed to be abbreviated? These are some of the …

Five Most Common Grammatical Errors

Five Most Common Grammatical Errors

Understanding the five most common grammatical errors can help you improve your writing. When you know which errors to look for, it’s easier to act as your own editor. Error #1: Run-on Sentence or Comma Splice A run-on sentence is a sentence that joins two independent clauses without punctuation or the appropriate conjunction. A comma …

Superlative: Misuse of “More”

Superlative: Misuse of “More”

Another common mistake of placing an adjective or adverb in the superlative degree is using the word “more”. The word “more” implies a comparison between two things. Consider the following sentence: “The entire track team is fast, but that runner is the more consistent than the rest of the runners.” Since the sentence is comparing …

How to Use Articles in English

How to Use Articles in English

Articles are used to differentiate between things or ideas – usually expressed by nouns. The speaker/writer may be referring to a specific thing or idea, or a general one. We use the to refer to specific nouns, either singular or plural. Please hand me the book that’s on the table. Please hand me all the …

Basic English Grammar Rules

Basic English Grammar Rules

What are the Basic English Grammar Rules?   In any language there are basic rules the speaker or would be learner needs to understand before moving on to harder skills. English itself has basic rules that people need to follow for it to make sense to hearers and readers. Here are some basic English grammar …