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Learn About Plain English and Avoid Vague Words

Learn About Plain English and Avoid Vague Words | English Language | Scoop.it
“Do you use "purchase" instead of "buy"; "assist" instead of "help" in official document? But plain English maybe is more advocated! Check out the kind of words you may need to avoid using.”
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Excellent advice. Keep it spare and simple.
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How to Write a Love Letter for Valentine's Day or Any Day

How to Write a Love Letter for Valentine's Day or Any Day | English Language | Scoop.it
“In the age of email, instant messages, text messages and voice mail, the time- honored tradition of handwritten love letters could easily be forgotten. But if you're seeking a way to profess your love to someone special, there's no better w...”
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Just the time to do this with your pupils.
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Punctuation: why you only need it once | David Hewson

Punctuation: why you only need it once | David Hewson | English Language | Scoop.it
“I linked to two people scribbling in the margins of a Dan Brown book yesterday. I don't intend to get into a 'Dan Brown can't write' rant here. But if you look at the book pages in that post you'll see something most writers should ...”
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Dan Brown really can't write period (Geddit?)
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Apostrophe catastrophe as Cambridge City Council bans punctuation from new street names

Apostrophe catastrophe as Cambridge City Council bans punctuation from new street names | English Language | Scoop.it
“ Grammar gurus have given council chiefs a caning for banning apostrophes from Cambridge street names – amid fears they would be too confusing.”
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More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts | English Language | Scoop.it
“Rule #2: Strunk and White, the venerable authors of The Elements of Style, suggest that it is almost always preferable to choose the word "use" over the more pretentious word, "utilize." (5 grammar and punctuation rules that drive English teachers...”
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Don't allow yourself to be bullied by the grammar Nazis.
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15 Unintentionally Hilarious Newspaper Headlines - Weird Worm

15 Unintentionally Hilarious Newspaper Headlines - Weird Worm | English Language | Scoop.it
“ Ah, the noble art of journalism. For the men and women who answer the call to this unique profession, life is often a struggle. People hate you because they”
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Try these on your pupils for a fun lesson.
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The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of ...

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of ... | English Language | Scoop.it
“How that simple dot at the end of the sentence became something you use to tell people you're mad. Right. Now.”
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Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature

Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature | English Language | Scoop.it
“George Eliot’s em-dash — plus, T.S. Eliot’s ellipses ... (not to mention Vladimir Nabokov’s parentheses).”
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Punctuation is dead because we're tweeting like teenagers

Punctuation is dead because we're tweeting like teenagers | English Language | Scoop.it
“ When I was in high school, my mother refused to listen to me if I ended my sentences by trailing off into a questioning up-note.”
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