How to Spell in English: British vs American

Do you walk toward or towards your future? When discussing paint should we use color or colour? Are movies watched in a theatre or theater? Believe it or not, the answers to these questions have nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with geography. If grammar is still on your mind, try our […] ...

How to Incorporate Action Verbs Into Your Writing

Has a teacher ever told you to use more variety in your writing? You probably wracked your brain for a way to do this. Should you add more synonyms? Maybe you need more sentence structure variation? In fact, one great solution is to use more action verbs! Action verbs can make your writing more interesting […] ...

Commonly Confused Words Everyone Should Know

You’re smart. You know this; we know this; and your professor knows this. But is your writing doing you justice? When you write a paper, as long as you comprehend the coursework and do adequate research you’re bound for an A, right? But simple mistakes and misused words can take a paper that’s great in […] ...

5 Common Grammar Errors on the SAT Writing & Language

Studying for the SAT Writing & Language might sound like an endless slog through obscure grammar rules. The secret, though, is that the test tends to reuse the same few concepts. If you take the time to master the most frequently tested grammar rules, you’ll find the SAT Writing & Language test much easier. (Here’s […] ...

The Proper Noun We Always Forget to Capitalize

It’s easy to let a proper noun slip past your “shift” key while writing. There are some trademarked words that just seem so…generic. Check out this list and never be fooled by a proper noun masquerading as a common noun again. Can you pass me a Kleenex?In a haze of pollen, it’s easy to forget […] ...

It’s vs. Its: What’s the Difference?

The English language is a tough business. So much so, it’s unimaginable to have mastered all its intricacies. (See what I did there?) Determining whether to use “it’s” or “its” is an essential building block of good writing, but it’s easy to let this little word topple your Jenga tower. Even the most seasoned writers […] ...

Does Anyone Really Know How to Use a Semicolon?

by Muranda Mendez You’ve seen them in grammar handouts from teachers, pushed somewhere between warnings on overusing commas and misplacing apostrophes. Maybe you’ve tried to stick one in your essay, checking 10 times to make sure you were using it correctly.   The semicolon has puzzled students for decades. It seems so smart and sophisticated—but how […] ...

Is it Effect or Affect?

Writing a paper has many challenges. You may wonder, what should my topic be? Are my sources credible? Should that be an APA or MLA website citation? How’s my grammar? Have you ever faced the dilemma of whether to choose “effect” or “affect”? Perhaps you thought you selected the correct one but were informed it […] ...

What’s the Difference Between They’re, There and Their?

By Devon Brown Say the words aloud and they all sound the same, which can mean big trouble in writing. Even a master can make a mistake because we often write what we hear in our minds unconsciously. Below are a few tricks to help you remember the differences between this tricky trio.  They’re: A Contraction […] ...