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Hyphenated-phrasal adjectives

Troublesome Hyphenated-Phrasal Adjectives by Mark Nichol   Do you sometimes wonder when to use hyphenated-phrasal adjectives? When should we use a “hyphen” -? For example, we would write, “My long-term plans include writing several new online courses.” My students never seem to understand this fine point when writing in English. For more about this, here is


Incorrectly Used Words

I often find incorrectly used words everywhere in my students’ writing. In Write Now, I show how difficult it easy to make the right word choice. Check out Jeff Haden’s excellent article, “75 Incorrectly Used Words That Make You Look Dumb.”  Refer to the list regularly to improve your writing. How many of these do


An Email Quiz – Spot the Mistake

This is the second post in our email writing series.  Before you do this quiz, look back at the first blog post we did on correct email writing: “An Email Quiz – Using Email Properly.” Review what we said about proper email use, organization, structure and formatting. Here is a formal email sent to a client about


Common Writing Mistakes: Adjectives & Adverbs

Common Writing Mistakes Quiz: Adjectives & Adverbs What’s wrong with these sentences? 1. Frank feels well whenever he finishes a new blog post. 2. Craig speaks good in the audio presentations he does. 3. Most learners feel badly about low exam scores. 4. Craig never handles his teaching bad. They misuse the adjectives “good” and


Common Writing Mistakes: Misplaced Commas

What’s wrong with these sentences? 1. In the post, “Writing a Draft,” Frank listed 11 tips for writing smartly. 2. Craig clearly explains some common mistakes in writing, such as faulty parallelism misplaced modifiers awkward sentences and missing transitions. 3. Running in the park Frank often comes up with new ideas for posts. 4. Frank


Faulty Parallelism

  Faulty parallelism shows bad writing What’s wrong with this sentence? Example: BEHQ’s vision is to offer weekly blog posts on business writing style and business topics of current interest, to create ebooks and ecourses, and working with affiliate partners. No, it’s not pie-in-the sky – an idiomatic expression meaning unrealistic – thinking. No, Frank



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