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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

I received an interesting question from an English teacher in Iran who wanted to know the differences, if any, between “must” and “have to/has to.” This is an interesting question because the expressions are nearly identical. To answer, I had to think not only about their strict definitions but also about how they are used. 

The terms “must” and “have to/has to” are modal auxiliaries that communicate (1) an obligation to perform some action or (2) that some state of being or action is…


Education Leaders Struggle with Writing

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:22pm 0 Comments

Teaching elementary and secondary students how to write well is challenging. Many students don’t understand the core principles behind writing, including the basics of sentence and paragraph structure, a logical progression of ideas, and reader awareness. Others don’t have the technical skills of writing, including grammar and punctuation. However, with consistent, year-by-year, engaging instruction by committed teachers who understand not only the value but also the principles and skills of…


From Bad to Good-Technical and Academic Writing

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:06am 1 Comment

Academic and technical writing are far different than literary writing, such as novels and poetry. The primary purpose of academic and technical writing is to provide information about a defined topic to a specific audience. Whether you write graduate papers, professional journal articles, dissertations, white papers, manuals, websites, reviews, or similar documents, you are writing academic or technical documents.


Academic and technical writing can be bad writing. They can…


Correct Use of "Rather Than"

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:36pm 0 Comments

This is a great question, and it is one I don't often see. On the other hand, it reflects a concept that confuses many people: parallelism. 

Correct use of “rather than” 

“Rather than” indicates a parallel structure in which two things are compared. To be grammatically correct, the two things being compared need to be equal, meaning they have the same grammatical structure or form. 

Here are two simple examples to demonstrate the parallel structure created…


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At 1:56pm on November 6, 2009, scribbler said…
Nice to meet you David. Welcome to :) I hope you enjoy being amongst us and I’ll look forward to hearing more about your likes and dislikes when it comes to books.
At 2:19am on November 8, 2009, Kay Elizabeth said…
Hey I know you! :) Great to see you here, David. I'm glad you found time to come by to check it out. Take care!
At 5:21pm on April 4, 2011, Lisa R.Brereton said…

Hi David,

Welcome, so nice to have you here. I am an Author of self-help guide books, and I plan on having 6 series in all. what books do you like? it would be nice to learn more about your writings.

Lisa Brereton

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