Writing/Editing

Track down a word or a quote

September 1, 2005 Categorized in: SpeakingWriting/Editing

Track down a word or a quote with Bartleby.com , a word-lover’s site that can search across 30 reference books for famous quotes, definitions, facts or grammar rules.

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September 1, 2005 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Translate a small amount of text from English to Spanish (or one of seven other languages) using Google’s Language
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Problem: “I can’t remember when or how to type numbers 1 through 10 in a paragraph or a sentence. At some point, you must actually type out the number rather than the numeral, but when?”
Problem: Writers tend to either overuse dashes or avoid them.
Problem: Whether to use singular or plural verbs and pronouns with collective nouns that represent a group, such as “board,” “jury” and “staff.”
How can you guarantee that your messages never again drown in a sea of e-mail in someone’s electronic inbox? By following these 4 tips to improve your crafting of the all-important subject line…
Problem: Writers who never studied Latin often mix up the abbreviations i.e. and e.g.
The basic information required for noting sources hasn’t changed since you wrote a high school term paper, but the wealth of information available in electronic formats continues to add new twists.
Problem: A case of “dangling modifier”: when the subject of your sentence doesn’t agree with the description that precedes it.
Problem: “I know to use the article ‘an’ before a vowel,” writes Penny Perkins, Dayton, Ohio. “Do you use ‘an’ before a silent ‘h,’ as in ‘an honor student?'”
Problem: Moni Jackson, Toms River, N.J., takes minutes during a board of directors meeting. “At a recent session, the vice president stated that policies should be reviewed biannually,” Jackson told us. “I found out later that she actually meant once every two years. I believe the word should be ‘biennially.'”
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