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It’s Apparent That It’s Obviously Clear, Of Course

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It irks me somewhat when I come across a writer whose vocabulary is frequented by words such as ‘obviously’, ‘clearly’, and the phrase ‘of course’. If it’s so flippin’ obvious, why say it?

If I am reading an informative article or blog post then it’s quite good to be treated with a modicum of respect. Including the word ‘obviously’ or one of its delinquent cohorts tends to be for one of three reasons.

Such words are frequently included simply because the writer ...

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Why You Should Never Dangle Your Modifier In Polite Company

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Why You Should Never Dangle Your Modifier In Polite Company“Dropping through the letterbox with a dull thud I picked up the morning post. Sighing deeply the bills dropped into the bin as usual. Having been burnt to a crisp I threw the toast in on top of them.”

As a gentleman I was always taught to avoid encounters which could result in ...

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The Difference Between Reading, Proofreading And Editing

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The Difference Between Reading, Proofreading And EditingBack in the days when I worked as an English teacher, if I had been given a pound for every time I had to hand back a piece of writing to a student saying ‘read it first!’, well, I’d have had trouble holding my trousers up the pockets would have been so full. Which would have been distracting.

The ...

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Nauseating Anxiety – Two Grammatical Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

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Before I became a full time writer I used to be a teacher. I taught English at a number of secondary schools and colleges across the UK, and have always had a love of words and language. I was brought up to respect language and grammar. I can still recall being around 10 years old and being severely reprimanded by my mother for using the noun ‘fun’ as an adjective – no tea until I corrected the grammar of my ...

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A Guide To Using The Active Voice Rather Than The Passive Voice

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A little boy kissing a little girlOne of the things which you should avoid when creating content for websites, writing blog posts or developing any other web content is the passive voice. It’s often been said that the passive voice is weak, and research suggests that some people find it harder to understand than the active voice.

But whilst the recommendation is to write in the ...

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English Writing Tips For Beginner Article Marketers

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For those writers and marketers just beginning to explore the possibilities of article marketing, writing articles in good English can be more of a challenge than might at first be expected. It’s all very well writing letters to your family, a report for work or even a CV, but article marketing is different, and for two good reasons.

Firstly, you have a much wider audience.
Whereas your personal letters and notes might only be read by one or two ...

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Article Writing – Why Correct Sentence Grammar is Essential

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When it comes to article writing, do you think that correct grammar is important, or not? Let me ask the question a different way.

“When you is wrote articles does you thought grammar ain’t not important?”

All right, I confess, I almost felt physical pain writing that last sentence, although 12 years as an English teacher in secondary schools provided me with plenty of material from which to work when crafting ugly, ungrammatical writing such as that. Forgive me.

However, the point is ...

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SEO Article Service Tips – When SEO Means “Spelling Effect Optimisation”

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One of the questions I’m often asked as a provider of a UK based SEO article service is whether I am familiar with the differences in language between US English and UK English. Increasingly these days it can be confusing for people, with television and the internet often blurring the gap between the two.

Yet that a gap exists is undeniable, and to ignore the fact is to potentially cost your business dearly. It may seem that there is relatively little ...

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A Writer’s Foibles & Pet Hates

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Every writer has at least one pet hate, and one foible – what is yours?

I have a writer friend who has always had a special hatred for those who qualify an absolute, such as suggesting that something is ‘almost unique’ or ‘almost new’. Naturally, as frequently argues, a thing is either unique, or it is not, but it can never be almost unique; similarly, a thing is either new, or it is not, but there can be no room for ...

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Writing Analysis Software – Five Tools In One

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Summary: The Linguisticator is a tool which will help to improve the readability of your writing, improve the quality of your writing, and reduce weak or complicated writing – all with a single click, and at half the price of tools which can only do half as much.

First of all – I make no apologies for the appalling name!

The Linguisticator was the result of my own wish to locate a tool which would help to analyse my writing. I had ...

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