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Wave vs. Waive and Waver vs. Waiver

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You’ve got to love those crafty homophones. For this month’s vs. post, we thought we would offer up a two-for-one. Wave, waive, waver and waiver all sound similar, and it’ll help to keep you on your toes by knowing the differences and when to use them.

These four words may not be part of your everyday writing, but if you happen to come across them, you’ll want to get them right.  (more…)

Tips for Dealing with Tight Writing Deadlines

writing-deadlineThe dreaded deadline: it’s a writer’s worst enemy. And the best plug to stop the flow of creative juices. Whether you write professionally or as a student, you’re faced with deadlines; and the anxiety, writer’s block, paralysis and other crippling symptoms they can cause are very real.

That being said, here are a few tips for writing to a deadline that go beyond drinking energy drinks and slapping yourself in the face.  (more…)

5 of the Most Common Grammar Mistakes

grammar-mistakesThe world of grammar encompasses a wide range of language rules and an even wider range of ways to mess those rules up. If you’ve ever written anything longer than a few sentences, you’ve probably been on the wrong side of the grammar police. It happens to the best of us.

Here are 5 of the most common blunders and tips to get them right. (more…)

5 Examples of How the English Language Makes No Sense At All

scrabbleWhen you sit back and really take a look at the English language — at least our North American version of it — it almost seems unbelievable how we ever learn to communicate. With words that sound the same but are spelled differently, words that look the same but sound different and different rules for similar words, it’s enough to make native English speakers crazy, let alone someone learning it for the first time.

Here are 5 examples of how English really makes no sense at all: (more…)