The Most Common Errors in Business Writing and How to Fix Them

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Although basic rules exist for clean writing, not every situation calls for perfect grammar. Language used for advertising and entertainment, for example, leaves tons of room for creative license. When trying to get a reader’s attention, sentence fragments are great for adding emphasis and purposeful rule-breaking can make language interesting and edgy. When it comes to business[…]

How to Cite Sources Like a Pro

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Citations are a pain, let’s be honest. But they are also important. This isn’t just because they “show evidence you didn’t plagiarize,” as teachers like to tell students, frightening them out of their wits. Rather, knowing how to cite is worthwhile for several reasons all of which will help you become a more informed writer, reader,[…]

Spell Checker Limitations That Can Affect Your Writing

  Readers notice spelling errors. There is no way around that fact. Don’t fall victim to the notion that “spelling doesn’t count.” That may fly in some educational circles, but it is not the conventional wisdom in most academic and business situations. Some writers recommend composing text with automatic spell check turned off. They advise[…]

Le Pens plagiarized speech side by side with Fillons original

The far-right candidate in the French presidential election, Marine Le Pen, is under scrutiny for plagiarism after she gave a speech which took language and phrases from a rival candidate. In the video below, which was posted on YouTube from the pro-Fillon group Ridicule TV, shows the two speeches cut and overlapping phrases and sentences. As Ridicule TV first[…]

The Verb to Be in Spanish: Stop Confusing Ser, Estar, and Haber

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Distinguishing between ser, estar, and haber is notoriously difficult for learners of Spanish, as most languages have only one word for the verb to be. This article will explain the main differences between the three verbs. 1. Ser or estar? “Ser” is used to describe characteristics that are deemed essential or permanent, whereas “estar” to[…]

How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Writing

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Plagiarism, in a nutshell, is passing off the intellectual property of others as your own work, without proper accreditation to the original source. It is possible to plagiarize art, music and design, but this article is primarily concerned with plagiarism as it applies to writing. That means copying or loosely paraphrasing the writings of other[…]

Build a Great Website By Creating Quality Content

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The success of your website depends on clear, relevant, useful content meeting the needs of your audience. It’s the main factor search engines use when ranking websites and good content will keep your visitors coming back. The best content: Meets your audience’s needs Grabs their attention Is easy to read and understand Stays relevant and[…]

Guidelines for Paraphrasing

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Plagiarism is not taken lightly by the business world nor by academic institutions. Case in point: the University of Louisville reserves the option of disbarring students found guilty of plagiarism. (University of Louisville, 2008) Plagiarism can be defined as taking credit for another’s ideas, thoughts, or work. (Margaret Price, 2012) Guidelines for Paraphrasing Text or[…]

Check for Grammar Mistakes by Self-Editing

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Whether you’re a student, a grant writer, a technical writer or producing web copy, editing is an essential skill you must have to be taken seriously. Grammatical errors, poorly worded sentences and inappropriate paragraph breaks will undo the integrity of a document, no matter how well written it is otherwise. A lot rides on grammar,[…]

Write a Better Post: Separate Your Inner Writer and Editor

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Many bloggers see the writing of a blog post as a single (albeit very important) job. But you can write more efficiently if the job is divided into two tasks. This article explains how to write a better quality post by separating your ‘inner writer’ and ‘inner editor.’
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