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Grammarly – Your Personal Online Editor and Grammar Correction Tool

Grammarly – Your Personal Online Editor and Grammar Correction Tool
08 Sep 2011

Personal, Reviews As a writer, you’re constantly being watched and judged by the content that you write. Even though no one is perfect, small mistakes in your writing can often cause an uproar among your readers. That’s why it’s really important to have a second set of eyes or an automatic tool like Grammarly to help you out. Grammarly is a web-based editor that describes itself as the “world’s most accurate grammar checker.” It automatically ...

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5 Mistakes Every Blogger Will Make, Including You

5 Mistakes Every Blogger Will Make, Including You
23 Sep 2010

Blogging, Writing There’s a simple truth to life that every human being will make mistakes. Since every blogger is human, at least the ones that aren’t spambots, then every blogger will screw up inevitably. On BloggingPro, I recently wrote an article about how to recover from the mistakes you make but the question becomes “What kind of mistakes can one expect to make?” With blogging, as with life, there are very few guarantees but there ...

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After The Deadline: Much More than Spell Checking

After The Deadline: Much More than Spell Checking
18 Mar 2010

WordPress Plugins All major browsers, save Internet Explorer 8, have inline spell checking as a feature out of the box and even IE can be trivially updated to do so. This has been a boon for bloggers who do much of their writing in the browser and having the spell checker built into their browser has probably prevented millions of typos from seeing the light of day. However, when Automattic purchased After the Deadline (AtD) last year, I knew it was important. ...

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Third Person Pronouns

Third Person Pronouns
28 Dec 2009

Writing In this final article on pronouns I will be addressing pronouns used for third person. Pronouns take the place of nouns which means that third person pronouns do the same thing. They take the place of people, but these pronouns do not include first person or second person forms. Third person singular pronouns are: he, she, and it. These pronouns are used when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence. Example: He went to the store and never ...

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Pronouns Are Fun Too

Pronouns Are Fun Too
21 Dec 2009

Writing Most of us already know how to use pronouns and don’t have any problems writing other than the occasional spelling mistake or the lack of creative words, but some people have a difficult time. Grammar is not very interesting, yes I understand that, but it is what I was hired to write about so bear with me and the dry lesson. I’ll try to spice it up with interesting examples. Last week I wrote about first person singular pronouns ...

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Blogging and Me, or Is It I?

Blogging and Me, or Is It I?
14 Dec 2009

Writing Pronouns take the place of a noun. When we write our blogs we use pronouns all of the time, but do we use them correctly? Example: At seven years old I said, “Me and Mike want ice cream.” And my grandmother said (just like she did every time I made a grammatical error), “Mike and I.” I was taught that saying “Mike and I” was always correct while “Mike and me” was not. This is not always the case however. First person singular ...

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Conjunction, Junction, What’s Your Function: Part 2

Conjunction, Junction, What’s Your Function: Part 2
09 Nov 2009

Blogging, Writing When writing, whether for your blog or for personal reasons, conjunctions are grammatical tools that you use all of the time. Understanding the functions of these conjunctions (yes, that was pretty corny) is the first step in creating stronger writing skills. Last week we looked at coordinating conjunctions which combined two independent clauses. If you missed the previous post click here. Coordinating conjunctions are used often in writing, but ...

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