I was interested to read about a recent University of Michigan study that concluded that people who are highly judgmental about writing errors tend to be more introverted and have less pleasant personalities than those who are more forgiving about people’s flawed writing skills.
The tiny English word so has numerous uses. Merriam-Webster gives it separate entries as adverb, conjunction, adjective, and pronoun. These are words we all interject into speech for reasons that have nothing to do with grammar. For example:
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In a recent copy of The New Yorker the word ‘reëlection’ appeared with an umlaut over the second ‘e’. I had not seen the umlaut used that way before.
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Is there something wrong with a phrase like this: “He expressed that he was tired”? It seems odd to me, but I can’t figure out why or if I’m just off base. It seems like you could say, “He expressed the idea that he was tired.
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I have some confusion regarding speakers when writing dialog, and when you should start new lines. The logic I remember being taught is that every time the speaker changes in a story we should start a new paragraph.
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Writers can avoid most errors of punctuation by mastering the following conventions. Incorrect: Moreover students are expected to read at least one English classic every six weeks.Correct : Moreover, students are expected to read at least one English classic every six weeks.
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