20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes 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.
Common Writing Mistakes - English Writing - Learn English Free This article features "dictionary look up". Just double click on any word to get an instant definition (uses a pop-up). Common Writing Mistakes by Michael LaRocca Most books aren't rejected because the stories are "bad." They're rejected because they're not "ready to read." esl-lounge.com Student - Learn English for Free! English Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading & Listening grammar guide Comprehensive guide to all areas of English grammar. Clear explanations Easy-to-follow examples Simple memorable rules and tips grammar exercises Check your understanding using fun grammar quizzes. Gap fill, multiple choice and matching Each exercises marked and graded Continue to next level when you're ready!
10 Latin Phrases You Pretend to Understand Our 8th annual ‘10 Issue’ is on newsstands now. This week, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite lists from past installments. The following article comes from the 4th annual edition. If it puts you in a subscribing mood, here are the details. (Or consider our subscription + mental_floss t-shirt deal for just a few dollars more.) Color Words Colour Terms This list contains 168 definitions of obscure colour terms using combinations of 'normal' colours of the rainbow and descriptive adjectives; e.g. cardinal = deep scarlet red; russet = reddish brown. Note that most English speakers outside the U.S. spell colour with the added British 'u' rather than the American version color.
Refreshed review of Outlinely — a new outliner for Mac [Due to the major hash I made of my previous review of Outlinely, I have decided to start over with a (mostly) new review.] Thanks to the eagle-eye of one of the folks over at outlinersoftware.com, I was recently made aware of a new outlining application for Mac known as Outlinely (requires OS 10.8 or higher). Aside from the name, there is a lot to like about this nifty little app. The introductory price of $5 makes it a real bargain.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent Story Writing Apps for ... July 31, 2015 Below is a short collection of some interesting iPad apps students can use to help them with their writing and more specifically, outlining, drafting and writing stories. Some of these apps are featured here for the first time but for more options on digital storytelling apps check out this page. 1- The Brainstormer ‘The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides a moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any creative mind. Combat creative block, spark new ideas and summon up quick subjects for doodling, sketching or journaling.’
Grammar Grammar Lessons Using the Conditional (part 1) - We use the conditional to show a possible situation based on another situation. For example: If A happens, then B will happen. More on using 'The' - Here's some specific about how to use the word 'the'. Using the Past Continuous with the Simple Past Tense - Past continuous tenses are used to show something that happened in the past and continued for a while.
How 'OK' took over the world 18 February 2011Last updated at 10:49 OK is everywhere, used every day It crops up in our speech dozens of times every day, although it apparently means little. How to Punctuate Dialogue December 8, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill last modified April 18, 2016 The PDF Punctuation in Dialogue ($0.99) and The Magic of Fiction (available in paperback and PDF) both contain expanded and updated versions of this material. Dialogue h Online Editor – Grammar Checker First, write out your text as usual in any word processing program that you prefer. Review it yourself first to catch any stray words or thoughts and bring them into order. When you’re done, enter your text into the form above (bookmark this page now for later use!) Press the Present Simple vs Present Continuous Consolidation PowerPoint Activity Here's a nice PowerPoint activity to consolidate the main differences between Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses. It's designed as a quiz show to engage students and bring fun to your ESL class. It's written in the "leisure activities" theme. Consolidate Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses with 15-second questions on your Smart Board The questions are written around the theme of leisure activities, so the vocabulary is chosen from that topic. The question slides are relatively easy questions on the differences between Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses.