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Affect-Effect

By Judy Vorfeld Affect or Effect? What’s the Difference? If you’re con­fused about when to use “affect” and “effect,” you have com­pany! AFFECT means to change, touch, impress or influ­ence some­thing. It means to act upon some­thing. If some­one dis­tracts me when I’m typ­ing, it affects my […]

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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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