Category: Grammar Rules

Choosing the Right Word

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choosing the right word

Choosing the right word will guarantee that you will convey exactly what you mean, whereas choosing the incorrect word can sound wrong or can change the meaning of the statement. When do you use “input” or “enter”? What about the difference between “back-up” or “replacement”? How about “fix” or “resolve”? Ensure that words and expressions you […]


Numbers When Writing

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Numbers When Writing

We use numbers all the time.  However, do you ever think about how you use numbers when writing?  It is time to make a habit. Follow the accepted standards (listed below). Always make sure that number use in a document is user-friendly–easy to understand. Spell out numbers one through nine. One, two, three, etc. Use figures […]


Comma-Kazi: Punctuation, A Forgotten Art!

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Punctuation plays a central role in conveying meaning to the reader. Punctuation provides structure and organization to the written language you use. How should this sentence be punctuated? Woman without her man is nothing If you want an answer to this, click here.Has using your smartphone gotten you into bad habits where it comes to […]


Happy New Year from the People at Improving Communications

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Well lookie here… the Earth has revolved around the Sun once again! Three hundred sixty-five days have elapsed (or as the cast in the musical Rent would sing, “525,600 Minutes”). A year is a good marker for progress made. Once it’s completed, it all starts again.  Happy New Year.   Two thousand seventeen has been Improving Communications’ best year yet. We owe […]


Pet Peeves

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pet peeves

Does it bother you when people butcher the English Language, or make mistakes that could be avoided? For example: Do you find it irksome that the United States calls their end-of-season Major League baseball game The World Series, when only two countries are involved? Or is it annoying when people call Independence Day the Fourth […]


Commonly Confused Words

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Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words There are some words that are simply confusing. For instance, when a word has more than one spelling and/or multiple meanings, it may cause you to make a mistake. With many of these potentially-confusing words, spell-check will not help. Knowing how to spell and use these words correctly (or having the information […]


what if i use poor grammer will they hire me

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Poor Grammer Mistakes

Breathe deeply. Relax. “Poor Grammer”?  This week’s headline was intentional. That’s a relief, right? We were sent an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It was shared by an Improving Communications friend (and recipient of Defender of the Language award), Michael Rudegeair. Kyle Wiens, author of “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s […]


What Every Sentence Has: Subject and Verb

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subject and verb

SUBJECT and VERB AGREEMENT One of the basic aspects of sentence structure is ensuring proper agreement between the subject and verb. A singular subject uses a singular verb; a plural subject uses a plural verb. Singular:        Loretta works here.                             [Loretta, the subject, and works, the verb, are singular.] Plural:            The siblings work here.                             […]


Pluralizing Last Names

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Do you know the correct methods for Pluralizing Last Names?   Making the plural form of a proper name  can be challenge without this information. Use it to be spot-on, and be able to handle someone else’s name with the greatest of respect (by getting its plural form correct!). Last letter(s) of last name What […]


Noise or Noises – Which Is Correct Grammar?

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Recently, at a barbeque, two friends were having a disagreement about who had the correct grammar. They came to me to settle the argument (knowing what I do, and because I’m a grammar geek). Here’s what happened: The first one had been holding her phone in her hand, waiting to receive a message. To her […]