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Word Choice: Vial vs. Vile

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Word Choice: Vial vs. Vile

The words ‘vial’ and ‘vile’ are homophones: words that sound the same but have different...

How to Cite a TV Show in MLA Referencing

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How to Cite a TV Show in MLA Referencing

If you are writing about a TV show, or you simply need to refer to...

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When to Capitalise Job Titles in Writing

Should it be ‘President Biden’ or ‘president Biden’? Is the ‘social worker’ coming to the...

How to Use Wildcards to Search a Document in Microsoft Word

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How to Use Wildcards to Search a Document in Microsoft Word

A ‘wildcard’, in the context of Microsoft Word, is a character that allows you to...

Spelling Tips: Chilli, Chili or Chile?

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Spelling Tips: Chilli, Chili or Chile?

You may have come across different spellings for the word ‘chilli’, including ‘chili’ and ‘chile’....

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Word Choice: Genes vs. Jeans

The words ‘genes’ and ‘jeans’ sound alike, but they’re spelled differently and have different meanings....

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Citing Multiple Works in APA Referencing

APA style uses an author–date citation format, where you cite a source by giving the...

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6 Tips on Achieving an Objective Tone in Writing

An objective tone is a standard part of most formal business and academic writing. But...

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Spelling Tips: Website or Web Site?

Do you visit a ‘website’ or a ‘web site’? And should these terms be capitalised?...

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6 Tips for Writing About Disability

When writing about disabilities, we have the power to place people into either a positive...

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Word Choice: Metre vs. Meter

The words ‘metre’ and ‘meter’ sound the same, but they can have different meanings depending...

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How to Cite a TV or Radio Program in MHRA Referencing

If you’ve referred to a television show or radio program in your writing, it’s important...

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6 Tips on How to Write Persuasive Copy

Persuasive copy is material that is designed to persuade or convince people to do things....

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Grammar Tips: What Are Modal Verbs?

Modal verbs are a special category of verb in English. But how do they work?...

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Phrases for Wimbledon: The Ball Is in Your Court and Game, Set, Match

The Wimbledon Championships are back after last year’s cancellation because of the pandemic. And to...

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Word Choice: Waist vs. Waste

The words ‘waist’ and ‘waste’ are homophones, so they sound the same but have different...

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Epilogue or Afterword? A Guide for the Confused

‘Epilogue’ and ‘afterword’ both refer to sections at the end of a book. However, there...

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