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Grammar: Daresay or Dare Say?

Daresay—is it one word or two?

Here’s a crazy little thing that you might not know: it’s one word. Yes, that’s right. It’s one of those words you don’t hear all...

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Grammar: Past Perfect Tense Is Perfectly Okay (do NOT delete all your hads)

I had a question from a friend tonight about the had in past perfect tense. She was wondering if she should remove the hads as she “dislikes unnecessary words.”

This is the sound of...

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Grammar: Pronoun Antecedents

Pronouns are wonderful tools—they keep our sentences from being repetitive and are super versatile. In a way, they’re like a shortcut on a computer. You know those little icons on your...

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Grammar: Verb Tenses and Sequencing of Action

Verb tenses can be tricky when you’re trying to sequence action in your manuscript. Depending on how you phrase a sentence, the actions can be simultaneous rather sequential. Consider the...

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Style Choice for Writers: Should You Capitalize or Lowercase Names of Dances?

Characters dancing comes up pretty often in fiction. There are nights out clubbing with friends, weddings, heck, sometimes characters just start doing the Macarena in their kitchen. And that...

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Grammar: Collective Nouns—Singular or Plural?

Grammar Question

Are group nouns treated as singular or plural? That depends on a couple of things. First is whether you’re using American or British grammar rules. And then the next question...

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Publishing: Amazon Feature Alert—Follow This Author

I posted a couple of days ago about Amazon’s new feature where they allow users to sign up for email notifications when an author puts out a new book. Apparently they’re doing a...

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Grammar: Dependent Phrases and Clauses

These usually take a comma when they’re at the beginning of a sentence but not when they’re at the end.

If I go to the store, I need to take my wallet.
BUT
I need to take my wallet if I...

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Style Question for Writers: Italics or Quotes for Titles?

Today’s Grammar Bite: How to style titles of TV shows, movies, songs, magazines, etc. I’ll even cover named vessels – crazy!

The rule of thumb – little things in quotes,...

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Grammar: “Try and” vs. “Try to” and Anyways vs. Anyway

There are a lot of things we say in everyday speech that aren’t exactly correct in formal writing. A couple of examples are “try and (do something)” and “anyways.”...

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