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Don’t separate the subject and verb with a comma

Don’t separate the subject and verb with a comma

The comma is the most misused piece of punctuation. Commas are flexible to an extent, but there are several general rules that govern their usage. In this post, I tackle a very common comma mistake: separating the subject and the verb with a comma.

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What is the passive voice? Part 2 of 2

What is the passive voice? Part 2 of 2

In the first part of my two-part series “What is the passive voice?” I talked about the differences between the active and passive voices and the ways to spot passive constructions. In this second part, I’ll theorize about why the passive voice is considered bad or weak writing, discuss some strategies for revising passive constructions, and describe situations in which the passive voice can be useful or preferable. Click here to check out the first part of the series, “What is the passive voice? Part 1.”

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What is the passive voice? Part 1 of 2

What is the passive voice? Part 1 of 2

The passive voice is in some ways the boogeyman of writing because it is widely misunderstood. You’ve probably heard that the passive voice is grammatically wrong (it’s not) or that it is akin to weak writing (it usually isn’t). So what is the passive voice? I’m here to clear the air. I have a lot to say, so I’m breaking my discussion into two parts. In this first part, I’ll describe what the passive voice is and how to identify it.

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Difference between “that” and “which”

Difference between that and which

Writers regularly confuse that and which. Often, they use them interchangeably. In fact, that and which are different words with different functions. Knowing the difference between that and which can make your writing more clear and more specific.

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