Learn How to Use Active and Passive Voice in Your Writing

No matter what (some) English teachers like to say, there is no clear winner when it comes to active and passive voice. Both are useful, and choosing the right voice for your project depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Instead of determining which is “right” or “wrong,” let’s look at which moments are most … Read more

Guest Comic: The Dangling Moodifier

Recently, I had the opportunity to create a guest comic for awsymbols.com, a web comic featuring a band of superheroes called “The Punctuators.” These heroes use their special talents to fight bad grammar and punctuation, and I’m so excited that I get to introduce their first major villain just in time for Halloween! The Punctuators … Read more

Three Reasons It’s Important to Know the Parts of Speech

It’s a common experience: The English teacher hands out a paragraph to each student in class. The instructions at the top read Underline each common, proper, or collective noun. Or perhaps they direct students to Write a verb to complete each of the following sentences, or List the ten adjectives that appear in the following … Read more