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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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The Wicked Bible: History’s Worst Typo

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We all make typos occasionally, right? We may have to deal with readers griping about a left-out apostrophe or some …

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Less or Fewer?

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Is it “one less problem without you” or “one fewer problem without you”?

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5 Errors with Comparative and Superlative Forms

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Adjectives and adverbs come in three degrees of comparison: positive, comparative, and superlative. When comparing or contrasting two or more things, we use the comparative or superlative degrees. The following chart gives some examples of adjectives and adverbs in their various degrees…

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Is “On Accident” Correct?

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I just received this email: “My two adult daughters and my husband and I have been going round and round …

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