“Only” is a rather useful word, but it can be easy to misuse in writing. It can be confusing to determine where to put it in a sentence.
If you’re writing for a client and are told to allow “that” to represent a person, breathe a sigh of relief: doing so doesn’t break any rules.
Adjectives can be a writer’s greatest friend, creating rich images and clear meaning. They can also be a writer’s worst enemy.
You want to keep your readers engaged with your writing to the end. One way to do this is to use more active voice and less passive voice in your writing.
What’s a participle and how on earth would you know it’s dangling? A quick grammar lesson to help you fix danglers and say what you mean.
A modifier is a word or phrase that qualifies a noun or verb. Modifiers should be placed next to the words or phrases they modify. Simple, right? Not quite.
“That” and “which” may seem interchangeable, but there’s a difference between the two words, and it’s more important than you might think.
Every writer has them: little points of grammar they can never remember. Is it who or whom? When is effect the right word? Is it i.e. or e.g., and what do they stand for anyway?
Want a subtle way to improve your writing? Make sure you’re matching the right correlative conjunctions in your sentences!
I have a confession to make: I made a reflexive edit in a manuscript based on personal preference. Worse, I then boasted about it online.