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It helps to keep your lexicon up to date.
Over the weekend, Rodel Rodis, a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, posted a photo of a two-page letter on official Senate stationery, signed by newly minted Senate President Tito Sotto."Senate President Tito Sotto has 'requested' the Philippine Daily Inquirer to remove from ...
 
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These ideas should not be lost.
Words are powerful, and yet that doesn't stop them from disappearing from the face of the earth. Linguists estimate that as many as half of the world's over 7,000 languages may be extinct by the end of the 21st century, with one language ...
 
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It's Pride Month, but more importantly, it's the 21st century. Get with the program.
Look. We know we're not perfect. Even if we consider ourselves fairly enlightened, we sometimes mess up, and we mess up bad. (Hi, Jake Zyrus. We're still sorry and embarrassed.)But do please give us some credit for trying to make better men of ...
 
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In fact, they mean the opposite.
English is a strange language, and that has a lot to do with the way it evolves so fast that its evolution very often gets away from its community of speakers. No one is in control of language: Even the venerable Oxford English ...
 
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Expert communication is the key to success.
As you climb the corporate ladder to the top, it's best to watch what you say and how you say it.To help, we've formulated a list of common phrases that may be hurting your work life and we've prepared alternative statements to ...
 
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It's good to have nerds in charge.
Anyone who works with words for a living should know what a style guide is. It is not, as an editorial intern we once knew thought, a handbook telling us how to dress for work. Also known, if less sexily so, as a ...
 
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Sound smarter and more credible by decluttering your sentences.
1. IrregardlessAs we’ve written before, “irregardless” is often incorrect—it’s “regardless.” The word has been in use since the early 1900s. It wasn’t initially in the dictionary but after its widespread misuse, it was added. While it might now be considered a word, ...
 
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There are a few special cases that confuse even the most thorough of grammar geeks.
1. Singular indefinite pronouns take singular verbs, and plural indefinite pronouns take plural verbs.When singular indefinite pronouns such as anyone, everyone, each, neither, none, or everything are used as subjects in a sentence, they also demand singular verbs and follow the same grammar ...
 
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It's not a "doggy-dog world" out there.
1. One in the same and one and the sameTo say that two entities are the same thing or person, one should refer to them as “one and the same.” If one says that “Ina Garten and the Barefoot Contessa are one and ...
 
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Are you still putting words in "quotations" for emphasis?
1. Punctuation marks outside quotation marksAmerican English rules state that punctuation marks such as commas, periods, and question marks, which are part of the overall sentence must be placed within quotation marks, as in the correct example above. Exemptions are punctuation marks ...
 
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When you think about it, a bonus is already added happiness.
Common phrases, unnecessary words. Let’s keep things simple. No need to repeat.        ATM machineATM stands for automated teller machine. Spare yourself the effort of saying “machine.” That’s what the acronym is for—communication as fast as the ATM delivers cash.Repeat againThis phrase ...
 
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Impeccable grammar starts with the correct use of "is" and "are."
Correct subject-verb agreement is the foundation of good grammar. It is easy enough to know that the singular noun "magazine" requires the singular verb "is." But what if the subject is tricky and is not in a recognizably plural form? The best way ...
 
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Do you know when to use "in" and "at," "lose" and "loose," "bring" and "take," "me" and "I?"
Me and I“I” is used when you are referring to the subject of a sentence, while “me” is used when you are referring to the object of a sentence. The confusion usually starts when there are multiple subjects or objects in a ...
 
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Before you press "send to all."
Make a good impression in person and in writing. A professional and well-written e-mail tells the person you are communicating with that she deserves your effort. It's always a good idea to proofread every e-mail you send to colleagues, business partners, and ...
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