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Using Articles with Abbreviations

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever been con­fused about which arti­cle (a, an, the) to use in front of an abbre­vi­a­tion? First, let’s define abbre­vi­a­tion: An abbre­vi­a­tion is a short­ened form of a writ­ten word or phrase used in place of the whole word. Some author­i­ties con­sider acronyms and […]

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Adverse-Averse

By Judy Vorfeld ADVERSE The adjec­tive “adverse” turns up most often in the phrase “adverse cir­cum­stances.” This means dif­fi­cult or unfa­vor­able cir­cum­stances, cir­cum­stances that act as an adver­sary (enemy). It’s also used to mean “harm­ful,” “hos­tile,” and “opposed to.” Examples: This med­ica­tion could result in adverse side […]

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Adjectives

By Judy Vorfeld How Adjectives Work with Nouns and Pronouns ADJECTIVE: a word or phrase that describes what kind, how many, or which one. Adjectives can con­sist of a sin­gle word, a phrase, or a clause. Adjectives mod­ify (or explain) the mean­ing of nouns (see below) and pro­nouns (see below). NOUN: name […]

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Using Dashes in Text

By Judy Vorfeld Do you often won­der if you’re using dashes prop­erly? Dashes have dis­tinct uses that often seem blurred in today’s soci­ety. Here are some ideas for writ­ers and those involved in busi­ness writ­ing. A dash usu­ally replaces a comma, semi­colon, colon, or paren­the­ses. When used this […]

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Criteria-Criterion

By Judy Vorfeld Are you like a lot of peo­ple who get con­fused when the plural of a word doesn’t end in “s”? CRITERIA OR CRITERION? “Criteria” is plural (like “phe­nom­ena”), while “cri­te­rion” is sin­gu­lar, like “phe­nom­e­non.” You have one cri­te­rion or many cri­te­ria. It’s easy to be con­fused, since […]

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