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Bye Grammar Mistakes! 21 Rules to Remember

Jennifer Frost from Grammarcheck.net offers this infographic with 21 frequently ignored (or unknown) grammar rules and writing mistakes that everyone who writes should know:

Bye Grammar Mistakes! 21 Rules to Remember (Infographic)
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How to Avoid Using the Word “Very”

Numerous words used in writing are overused or considered cliché. Words like “really” and “literally” have become almost meaningless. “Very” may be the most overused word of all. In a recent email Mary Jaksch, Editor-in-Chief, WritetoDone.com, wrote:

The word “very.”

It’s arguably one of the most overused words by writers.

When you’re trying to make readers fall in love with your writing, the last thing you want to do is bombard them with lackluster sentences – and the extreme overuse of the word ‘very’ has resulted in it losing all of its impact.

Mark Twain once said… “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

Not bad advice. And also, as we’ve come to expect from Twain, it’s chuckle-worthy.

This infographic from ProofreadingServices.com was recently shared byWritetoDone.com. It gives us 128 words to use instead of  “very.”

128 Words To Use Instead Of Very

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Jennifer Frost from Grammarcheck.net offers this infographic with answers to many of the questions you might have.

An Effective Beginner's Guide to Writing Books (Infographic)
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Have you ever wondered why the British and Americans spell some words differently?

You can blame it on Noah Webster (1758-1843).

When Noah Webster started putting his dictionary together, he thought it would be a good idea to simplify some English spelling and that -our was one ending he thought we could do without. Standard American spelling, ever since then, has sometimes been different from British. Webster was a nationalist and his campaign for spelling reform was driven as much by his belief that America needed to develop its own culture as his belief in simplified spelling. Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.

When discussing Webster’s influence, Christopher Dobbs, former Executive Director of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, wrote:

In 1783, Webster published Volume 1 of A Grammatical Institute of the English Language (a.k.a., The American Spelling Book but best known for the color of its binding as the Blue-Backed Speller). Webster believed that the fledgling country needed its own textbooks and a codified language around which to unite. He wrote, “Now is the time and this the country in which we may expect success in attempting changes to language, science, and government. Let us then seize the present moment and establish a national language as well as a national government.” His speller, later reader, and grammar all incorporated American heroes and authors with the goal of creating national symbols to galvanize the country. Between 1783 and the early 1900s it is estimated that Webster’s spelling book sold nearly 100 million copies. Over 30 influential textbooks followed, including History of the United States, the nation’s first full-length history.- See more at http://goo.gl/oTlkQy

Here is a list of common words that are spelled differently by the British and Americans:

American
Spelling
British
Spelling
canceled cancelled
center centre
check cheque
color colour
criticize criticise
gray grey
humor humour
judgment judgement
labor labour
license licence
realize realise
theater theatre
tire tyre
valor valour

Looking for more information? According to Grammar Girl, The Economist, a British publication, has an interesting page about Americanisms in their online style guide. I went looking for it and it is everything you thought it would be. I made it into a pdf for easy reading and you can find it here.

Which Writing Mistakes Do You Think are the Worst?

Grammarly asked its social media communities which writing mistakes were the worst kinds of errors. Their results are shown in the infographic below. In the article, they discuss the top five worst writing mistakes and how to avoid and correct them.

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Check out the entire article here.