Happy New Year from the People at Improving Communications

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Happy New Year from Jen Glantz

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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.                            … Read more »

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… Read more »

Run-On Sentences & Fragments

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Mistakes in your writing can cost you dearly.  Recently I heard one of my clients say that when she gets a resume containing errors, it goes immediately in the “unacceptable” pile. Make sure your writing is correct by addressing the completeness of your sentences. Run-on sentences contain two or more independent thoughts not separated by any… Read more »

“Affect” vs “Effect”

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Our very own Rich Atkins spent some time in the studio at About.com. Together they put together some great videos for the site’s Grammar School project.  Today we are highlighting how to use “Affect” vs “Effect”.     Transcript:Affect vs Effect | Grammar School Do you know when you should use Affect vs. Effect? What’s… Read more »