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A While – Awhile – do you know the difference?

You must say this word or phrase frequently. But are you using them correctly?   Follow this simple explanation: “a” is an adjective and “while” is a noun. See the difference below.   Compare these two sentences: I watched the show for a while. I watched the show awhile.   “While” is a noun. While

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10 Great tips for editing and proofreading

10 Great tips for editing and proofing your material. They work well for business and creative writing.   https://www.nownovel.com/blog/proofreader-tips-tidier-draft/ #fresheyesreadingllc #copyediting #proofreading

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Find the Errors

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:

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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

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Two ways to eliminate unclear writing [It, There]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Will the Truth Set You Free?

I noticed several good quotes in a silly movie yesterday while confined to the couch. Here is one that spoke to me: “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”  James A. Garfield What struck me was how simple but true this is (or can be). This past year, I

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