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Open your arms! Welcome doing things the hard way!

By Judy Vorfeld “I want to be an actress, but I don’t want to go on audi­tions.” “I want to play var­sity sports, but I need to be sure I’m going to make the team.” “It’s impor­tant to sell this great new ser­vice, but I’m not will­ing to deal with […]

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How to send a mes­sage to a group

It’s easy to send a mes­sage to a num­ber of peo­ple if you want to let all recip­i­ents know who else the mes­sage is going to: just use the cc: area. But if your mes­sage goes to peo­ple who don’t know each other, and have no need to know each […]

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Should busi­ness email be informal?

Why do peo­ple use email for busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion? Because it saves time, phys­i­cal effort, expense, and helps avoid tele­phone tag. But isn’t it an infor­mal way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing? Yes. And some peo­ple think infor­mal means sloppy. Not so, says Gregg Reference Manual, “busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions are busi­ness communications, […]

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People who or People that?

By Judy Vorfeld Do you find it dif­fi­cult to know when to use “who” vs. “that”? These two words are rel­a­tive pro­nouns that tie together groups of words to nouns or other pro­nouns. Let’s take this sen­tence: “The run­ner who exer­cises reg­u­larly usu­ally does the best.” “Who” connects […]

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Transitions

By Judy Vorfeld Transitional words and phrases Have you ever won­dered how to use con­nect­ing words or phrases prop­erly? These tran­si­tional words and phrases are like bridges, and con­nect­ing parts of a sen­tence or con­nect­ing ideas. Take a look at some of them: ADDITION addi­tion­ally, and, also, again, and then, […]

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