Top Words for 2017

At the end of every year, we see a list of new words people started to use a lot and are being included in dictionaries as colloquialisms at the very least. We also come across popular words that always existed, but weren’t used much until some major event or trend triggered a revival. To make …

Top Writing Blogs to Check Out in 2017

Writing is a solitary occupation, but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own! While you use 2017 to try to up your word count and write that first novel, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. There are plenty of sources to generate inspiration and helpful tips in the year to come. If …

How to Write a Good Conclusion Paragraph

When you’re writing an academic essay, or any written report for that matter, you may be tempted to wrap things up as quickly as possible. You may even be tempted to just leave your reader hanging as soon as you’ve presented all the facts and arguments. If you do that, you leave your reader in …

How to Write a Thesis Statement (with examples)

When you write a paper or essay, you must have a thesis statement. What is it? It’s a statement of your position or point of view. You’ll use much of your essay backing this position up with supporting information, looking at counter-arguments, and generally explaining why you took this point of view. Remember, no thesis …

100 Words You Should Know

As an adult English speaker, you’re expected to have an extensive vocabulary that includes some words that are seldom used in conversational English. You should also be striving to improve your vocabulary. While all these lists are somewhat subjective, they’re a good way to see how good your current vocabulary happens to be, and work …

What Is a Subordinating Conjunction?

A subordinating conjunction (also called subordinate conjunction) links two particular parts of a sentence: a dependent and an independent clause. When a sentence has these two elements, it’s classified as complex. Here is an example of a dependent clause. If you dare to hit me, Hey, don’t you want to know what’s going to happen …

The Difference Between It’s and Its

Before you begin to feel bad about not knowing when to use “it’s” as opposed to “its,” I have a confession to make. There was a time long, long ago, in a galaxy very like this one, when I didn’t know the difference either! In my defense, it is really easy to get confused. Generally …

Former vs Latter with Examples

Here’s a nice easy one to remember the difference between the words former and latter. Do you see the “for” in “former”? Use it to tell you the thing you’re talking about came before another thing that you mentioned. Do you see the “latte” in “latter”? That means you should have a cup of coffee! …

Other Words for “Said”

Direct speech can be difficult to smoothly navigate when you’re writing, but if you’re writing a novel or short story, dialogue is almost certainly going to happen at some point. When there is a conversation, the most common thing to do is use “said” when a person speaks: “Are you crazy?” said Mary. “Some of …

How to Write a Common Application Transfer Essay

First, boot up your computer. Now write. Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated than that, but it’s still not as difficult as you might imagine. This essay differs from your first college essay, because it has slightly less of a focus on your personality. Why do you have to write this essay? There is …