What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

These little abbreviations are actually cases of Latin that have snuck into modern English usage. It’s safe to say that most people don’t know what they stand for, and most aren’t exactly sure about their usage either. Become an example-writing expert with this article! What do they mean? As mentioned, i.e. and e.g. are abbreviations for... Continue Reading →

How do you use a colon?

It looks a lot like the semicolon, but the meaning and usage of the colon are different. The colon expresses a clear connection between the parts of the sentence in which it is used: the second clause gives more information about the topic of the first. What are the rules? For a sentence including a colon... Continue Reading →

How do you use a semicolon?

It’s one punctuation mark no one really seems too sure about: the semicolon. In fact, many writers sheepishly avoid using it, making this face pretty appropriate ^^; There’s no need to be hesitant about semicolons, though! They’re a useful tool to add variety to your writing, and you can put them to work for you... Continue Reading →

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Have you noticed how the plural form of some English words is the same as the singular? Then there are other words for which the plural is completely different. What is going on with these words, and why don’t they follow the same rules? Well, the difference depends on whether the word is a count... Continue Reading →

All About Articles: A, An, and The

These three little words might cause more trouble for English learners than any others. The articles “a”, “an”, and “the” have specific rules of use depending on the word or phrase they modify. With a little explanation, however, you will be able to easily understand which one should be used when. Definite vs. Indefinite Articles... Continue Reading →

Alot, Alright, Already, Altogether…

You’re just writing away, when suddenly you hesitate: should it be “alright” or “all right”? You probably feel like you’ve seen it both ways before, but which one is actually correct? These words are so often misspelled, many people don’t even realize that not all of them are proper English. Alot Although there is a... Continue Reading →

Problematic Prepositions

“I’ll be there in a few minutes! I’m coming…by car? in a car? with a car?” How can you tell which preposition to use when there are so many options and no rules?! What’s a preposition? “I’ll see you at school!”…or should it be “in school”? Prepositions are those little words that tell you where... Continue Reading →

Common Mistakes: Affect vs. Effect

These two words sound so similar — how can you tell which one to use when? Even though they’re almost the same in spelling and pronunciation, there’s a difference in the meaning, and choosing the right one will help make your writing sound smarter. Even native speakers commonly make this mistake, so learn the difference and you... Continue Reading →

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