I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge. While your grammar shouldn’t be a reflection of your creative powers or writing abilities, let’s face it — it usually is.
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Want a Better Life? Read a Book "It may be seriously questioned whether the advent of modern communications media has much enhanced our understanding of the world in which we live." This statement does not come from a contemporary critic of blogs, texting, social media, and the current glut of passive entertainment options, but the 1940 classic by Mortimer Adler, How to Read a Book . Obviously, this statement is just as (if not more) relevant today. We may know more the world today—including mere facts and trivia—but we don't think very deeply about much of this, often accepting pre-packaged opinions rather than working through ideas ourselves or in discussion with a few other people. As a professor, my sense is that some students have a more difficult time tracking a long argument or being patient enough to work through an issue over several days, weeks, or even months. Facebook status updates, tweets, blog posts (!)
We had a few friends over near the beginning of Doug and Adam’s winter break. The conversation turned to movies, and my wife said that two movies she really hoped to see over the holidays were American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks. Literal-Minded
How to Use "Who" and "Whom" Correctly Edit Article Sample UsageUsing Who and Whom Correctly Edited by Rob S, Michael Shores, Flickety, LANP and 46 others The correct use of who and whom in questions may seem like a lost battle, still joined only by punctilious English teachers, but the correct usage remains important in formal writing. Even careful speakers have not yet surrendered the distinction either! After reading this article, you will feel more comfortable using the distinction of "who" and "whom" correctly.
Edit Steps EditMethod 1 of 17: "Affect" and "Effect" 1Use “effect” as instructed."Effect" is a noun referring to something that happens as a result of something else.
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