5 Basic Rules for Writing Effective Website Content

content questions

You’re eager to start filling your website with witty and informative content that will impress your readers and beat your competitors but how should you approach the writing process? There are a lot of advanced tips that could help you craft exceptional content that readers want to share with their friends through social media, but[…]

English Grammar Guidelines: Understanding the Differences Between “It’s” and “Its” in Written English

its vs its

In spoken English, there is no difference at all between the pronunciation of “it’s” vs “its”. In written English, however, you are always faced with a decision between these two forms. Although the grammatical differences between the two forms are quite straightforward, learners of English and native speakers alike can sometimes make mistakes when using them.[…]

3 Simple Steps to Successful Proofreading

proofreading

Great proofreading is important for polished and professional writing. It can help you fix typos, spelling errors, word usage, and punctuation problems. Unfortunately, many people have a hard time finding and fixing all the errors in their work. Remember that proofreading is not the only form of editing that your text should undergo. Before doing some[…]

How to Expertly Summarize a Document

summary

Learning how to summarize a document or book can be a great skill to have. Whether you’re a writer, in business, studying or just want to be able to present written concepts quickly, summarizing can help you analyze, understand and share a document’s key points. The steps to summarizing a document are as follows: 1.[…]

Affect vs. Effect

affect vs effect

One of the most common errors in English is to confuse the words “affect” and “effect”. These words have two completely different meanings. One is a verb while the other is a noun. If you mix them up, you will only confuse whomever you’re writing to. “Affect”, with an “A”, means “to influence”. For example:[…]

Then vs. Than

then vs than

It’s not uncommon for people who are new to speaking English to have problems with homonyms (words that sound the same but are spelled differently).  Even those who are native English speakers often have trouble choosing which word they want to be using in their writing.  Unfortunately, misusing these words will quickly lead to your[…]

Further vs. Farther

further vs farther

While one of the most common language mistakes that English speakers often make is confusing homonyms (words that soon the same but are spelled differently), it can be just as confusing trying to discern between two very similar words that are slightly different. So is the case with “Further and “farther.” So often confused that[…]

What is Creative Commons?

creative commons

As a content creator using Plagly tools, you need to increase awareness of your work and name, but also want to protect your work from plagiarism and your name from being discredited. Alternatively, as a user of published work, you need to make sure that you are using it only as the writer intended. In[…]

Eight Words that have Changed Meaning over Time

word meaning

Because human language is constantly in flux, evolving and reshaping with the times, many words and phrases change meaning over time. The field of linguistics was born of a need to keep track of, categorize, and catalog all of these changing nuances of language. Many terms currently used in daily conversation actually have archaic definitions which[…]