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Why We Need Emojis

on November 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Even though the older generations love to dump on them and elites love to complain about them, emojis are a useful, necessary advancement in modern language.

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Is It One Word or Two Words?

on August 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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As a living language, English is in a constant state of flux. This is quite clear when two words work their way into becoming one word. While there's no actual rule about this, there are some patterns.

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“I Wish I Were”: Explaining the Subjunctive

on June 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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You may never have heard the term subjunctive case before, or don’t remember it from Spanish class if you have, but knowing this rule and following it will make your speech and writing much better with just a little effort.

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Correct Use of Myself, Yourself, Itself

on June 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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People seem to think it’s snooty to say, “Donna and I,” but when they grow up, they also become aware that “Me and Donna” is wrong. So, faced with the choice of “I” (snooty) and “me” (wrong), some opt for the worst choice of all: “myself.”

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The Dummy Subject

on March 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Dummy subject can add unnecessary fluff to a sentence, thus distracting readers from the point and muddling the writer’s meaning. They're easy to avoid.

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Commonly Misused Words

on January 14, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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I encounter incorrectly used words (and made up words) all the time, and today I’ll write about some I’ve noticed popping quite a bit recently, particularly in academic writing.

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