12 Useful Internet Acronyms

February 21, 2013

Acronyms on the internet have existed for nearly as long as the internet itself. For regularly repeated phrases, this is a handy way to type less and speed up conversation. For someone in a chat room for the first time, conversation can look like scrolling alphabet soup, and for a parent, cell phone text from […]


10 Interesting Word & Phrase Facts

February 10, 2013

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Common Rules for Capital Letter Usage

February 1, 2013

Rules for capitalization vary by country, language and word usage. Simple rules for capitalizing proper nouns and writing the pronoun “I” in capital letters are helpful, but they don’t provide clear answers for every situation. Here are a few tips that are useful for determining when all capital letters should be used or when the […]


15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

January 29, 2013

It’s perfectly fine to fracture the occasional stuffy grammatical rule (and many times it’s preferable). On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly. So, we’ve assembled the 15 most egregious grammar goofs into […]


When to Use i.e. and e.g.

January 4, 2013

The Oatmeal has created a humorous infographic that elucidates when and how to use i.e. (“id est”) and e.g. (“exempli gratia”). Source


Modal Verbs

December 15, 2012

Even if a reader has no idea what a modal verb is, this statement is more likely to agitate than inform, and it would start any other article on a sour note. Lurking at the beginning of the sentence, the modal verb “should” is responsible for this agitation. Source

UK English versus American English

UK English versus American English

December 10, 2012

Kaplan International Colleges has schools in 7 countries worldwide, and each of them has its own brand of English. In some cases words are spelled slightly differently. In some cases the meaning of words has changed altogether! The Infographic highlights some of the differences between UK and American English spelling. Which do you prefer? Source

Article: How Definite is Indefinite?

Article: How Definite is Indefinite?

November 28, 2012

Indefinite and definite articles, such as “a”, “an” and “the”, describe and modify nouns. Articles and niggling little words known as determiners and quantifiers convey general and specific information. Articles tell the reader what you’re talking about and how much there is. Adults and advanced ESL students can run into many challenging situations where abstract […]

Subjunctive: I Wish I Were

Subjunctive: I Wish I Were

November 21, 2012

“I wish I were” and “I wish I was”: which of these is proper in English? Both are proper, they are not interchangeable, and each has a purpose. Luckily, the differences are simple. Source

Troublesome words

Troublesome words

November 17, 2012

Homonyms in English are strange little words that sound similar but are spelled differently and have different meanings. These can be tricky, and not just for those learning English as a second language, even those who have spoken the language since birth can confuse them from time to time. Here are some common homonyms and […]

Passive and Non-aggressive Voice

Passive and Non-aggressive Voice

November 15, 2012

In writing, sentences are considered to be of “active” or “passive” construction (“voice”) depending on where the emphasis is placed. If the emphasis is placed on the subject, the sentence is considered active, but if emphasis is placed on the object of the action, the sentence is passive. Source

10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling

10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling

November 8, 2012

Here’s a handy guide for the spelling-challenged. Source