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YOU MUST HAVE TO

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 highly…See More
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Education Leaders Struggle with Writing

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…See More
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From Bad to Good-Technical and Academic Writing

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 be complicated,…See More
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Correct Use of "Rather Than"

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 by “rather than.” Example 1: “He enjoys…See More
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The Most Common Grammar Mistake

The most common grammar mistake involves the ability to count. Fortunately, you only have to be able to count higher than 1.If I write, “A man buys a house,” you can count the number of men: 1.If I write, “Men buy houses,” you need to count higher than 1 because this sentence describes more than 1 man.Now, let’s look at these two samples more carefully.In the first sentence, “A man buys a house,” the subject is 1 man, described as “a man.” The verb “buys” ends with the letter “s.” When we…See More
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Comma with “Including” Changes the Meaning

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Where you add or leave out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence.Let’s look at a news story I read this morning to learn how a comma before “including” changes the meaning of the sentence. In this example, I think the writer left out a comma, thus communicating something that probably isn’t true.“The Chicago Teachers Union has [sic] announced that it will send a bus to the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, a full week of events to be hosted…See More
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The Confusion of And vs. To

The Confusion of And vs. ToEnglish can be a difficult language to learn, not because English grammar is tricky (though it can be) but because the language can be vague. Word choice, in particular, can be very confusing, particularly when more than one word is possible.Here’s a question I received recently about the nuances of the English language.Question: Which of the following is correct:a. I would like to send Peter an email AND give him my regards.b. I would like to send Peter an email TO…See More
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Diet and Exercise Plan for Your Writing

Does your writing have that bloated, overstuffed feeling? Do you have the habit of packing in more words than needed for clear communication? Are your readers easily fatigued by your writing? Do you send out your documents without first subjecting them to rigorous and strenuous editing? Do you run out of breath when reading aloud? If you…See More
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Good Subjects for Writing

Choosing the Right Type of SubjectWhen deciding what the subject of your sentence will be, you have three types of nouns from which to choose: creatures,…See More
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Irony and Poetic Justice

Is It Ironic? Case 1. You’re walking down the street with a friend. Ahead of you, you see a man stumble on a crack in the sidewalk. Your friend laughs at the man. A moment later, your friend trips on the same crack. “Oh,” you say, “that’s so ironic!” No, it isn’t. That’s not ironic. Case 2. Later, you go home and turn on the television. You see a news story about a politician getting hauled into court for lying under oath. That same politician had recently accused fellow politicians of being…See More
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YOU MUST HAVE TO

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…

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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…

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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…

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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 Authors.com. :) 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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