Find the Errors

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Three Quick Error Quests for YouHow good are you at finding errors? The three short error quests below will test your proofreading skills and your knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and structure. Each quest contains just one error—no more, no less. Can you find it? You may be surprised at the solutions. Good luck!      Error Quest 1: … Read moreFind the Errors

Have you answered the elements of a story?

You often hear about the interrogatives of a story: who, what, why, where, when and how. Having key elements draws a person in. They answer and pose questions, and keep the reader moving through the story. Equally important is the order in which they appear. A press release and other types of writing have a … Read moreHave you answered the elements of a story?

Two ways to eliminate unclear writing [It, There]

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Good writers often write about clarity. Many times, we read a sentence and we recognize that something is off, but we can’t quite place what. Or after reading a sentence, you felt the subject wasn’t clear. A way to avoid that is limiting your use of “it” and “there.” These types of words are referred … Read moreTwo ways to eliminate unclear writing [It, There]

Commas do make a difference in flow

Some people use a comma for every pause they imagine is necessary — commas used simply to take a breath. I’ve heard, “I think we need a comma here, don’t you?” A comma may be needed. But unnecessary commas create a visual disturbance for the reader. Commas should provide a smooth flow of words for … Read moreCommas do make a difference in flow

How Do You Serve Your Customers/Clients?

I was handed a customer importance sheet recently by Chris Walters, CThru Windows. (thank you.) It contained several great reminders of why our customers/clients are so important. You can apply this to patients, tenants, members – whatever your business. “A customer is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him.” Think about that for … Read moreHow Do You Serve Your Customers/Clients?

Are you lying or laying?

Lay, Lie, Lying, Lain, Laid, Lied?  What is happening? Lay and Lie and their past tense forms confuse most people. Think of these word forms in two ways to simplify it: Lay has an object. Lie does not. What does that mean, you may ask? Here’s a simple example: Present tense – Lay: “Please take … Read moreAre you lying or laying?

Lies: Do we all tell them?

“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself as a liar.” Mark Twain Sometimes we tell little white lies to avoid hurting someone’s feelings; sometimes we lie when we said we have done something (then get it done to be true.) The latter is not a good idea or practice. But the … Read moreLies: Do we all tell them?

What Do I Need to Capitalize (titles)

Titles   Capitalize titles that precede a name, but do not capitalize titles that follow a name:   Mayor Stacy White; Stacy White, the mayor Queen Elizabeth; Elizabeth, the queen of England You will see this often with corporate titles. Our tendency is to capitalize all titles:   Accounting Manager Martha Grant; Martha Grant, manager … Read moreWhat Do I Need to Capitalize (titles)

What Do I Need to Capitalize? (sentences)

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Sentences Make sure to see Titles, from Wednesday’s post regarding capitalization of Titles. Sentences are much easier than Proper Names or Titles.  The first word of every sentence is always capitalized. This is self-explanatory and universally understood. Also, capitalize the beginning of a sentence when it is part of a quote: Think complete sentences. e.g. … Read moreWhat Do I Need to Capitalize? (sentences)