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Grammar: When to Use Do, Does, and Did

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Grammar: When to Use Do, Does, and Did

Verbs are essential to creating complete sentences, as they help us express physical actions (She...

Prologue vs. Introduction – What’s the Difference?

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Prologue vs. Introduction – What’s the Difference?

Books don’t always begin at Chapter 1. In fact, authors can lead readers into their...

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Tips for Writing a Narrative Essay

If you’ve been tasked with writing a narrative essay, you might be a little confused....

How to Write an Acrostic Poem

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How to Write an Acrostic Poem

Whether you’re a professional poet, someone who’s learning to write poetry, or a poetry teacher,...

5 Tips for Improving Sentence Structure

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5 Tips for Improving Sentence Structure

In elementary school, children are taught that a sentence begins with a capital letter and...

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4 Poems About Sisters and Sisterhood

As children, sisters may fight or relentlessly pick on each other, but there’s no denying...

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When to Use the Suffix “-t” vs. “-ed”

Verbs are used to describe actions or states of being and are necessary to compose...

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What Are Weasel Words?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “to weasel out of” something. It means to avoid responsibility...

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​​How to Master Academic Search Engines

Academic search engines provide a simple, convenient method for finding scholarly literature (e.g., articles, books,...

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How to Make a Drop Cap in Microsoft Word

A drop cap is a large capital letter that can be used to indicate the...

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6 Great Children’s Stories About School

As the new school year approaches, it brings with it a whole host of emotions...

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Fiction Writing: A Guide to the Iceberg Theory

Picture an iceberg. The top that you can see above the water is the story...

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Biting My Time or Biding My Time? 7 Commonly Misheard Phrases

If you’ve ever mistaken youthanism for euphemism, old-timer’s disease for Alheimer’s disease, or duck tape...

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Word Choice: Mention vs. Say

The verbs “mention” and “say” are similar in meaning because they’re both concerned with expressing...

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How to Get Quality Feedback on Your Writing

Whether you’re a pro with a pen or a newcomer to the writing world, one...

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An A to Z of Antiquated Words

The English language is continually evolving, with hundreds of new words, like selfie and hashtag,...

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Are Friends Allowed to Help You Write an Essay?

We discussed essay writing services in an earlier post, and we discussed how paying someone...

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