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Good news! For your convenience, these tips have been written in plain English. You won't find fancy grammar terms here—just the occasional mention of relevant part(s) of speech. (To refresh your memory, the eight parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, articles, conjunctions and prepositions.)

Spelling
How to make most nouns plural
How to make first or last names plural or possessive
     and when to use an apostrophe
How to spell computer terms correctly (direct link)

 

Punctuation
Placement of punctuation with ending quotation marks
Placement of ending punctuation inside or outside parentheses
Punctuation surrounding the word however
Use of commas or colons with such as and includes/including
When to use a comma before who or whom

 

Word Placement
Proper placement of not only in a sentence
Proper placement of only in a sentence

 

Word Usage
Affect versus effect
Imply versus infer
It's versus its
That versus who or whom
Who versus whom; and whoever versus whomever

 

Clear, Concise Writing
Use of parallel structure in lists
Avoiding the use of there is and there are
Commonly misused words and phrases
     (a myriad of, reoccur/reoccurring, more then, could care less)

 

Formatting
Use of nonbreaking space to lock words together on same line
Use of nonbreaking hyphen shows entire hyphenated word on same line
Use of em dash (long dash) rather than a double hyphen
Use of en dash (medium dash) to represent to, through, or minus

 


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