Tip 29: Taking up Less Space

Sometimes, it’s not what you say, but how many pages you take to say it. In the event that you have a page limit and don’t wish to change your wording, there are a few ways to further ‘scrunch’ your lines without sacrificing readability. Reduce the font size of blank lines between paragraphs. Replace superscripts…

Tip 25: Highlighting Acronyms

NOTE: You would use this feature if you had a lengthy document and wanted to capture all of the acronyms that are mentioned in the document so that you can create an appendix, a glossary, or an acronyms table. You might also use it to make sure that you identified all acronyms the first time…

Tip 24: Must, Shall, and Will

Must, Shall, and Will Use ‘must’ instead of ‘shall.’ Must denotes obligation (You must attend!) or indicates a necessity to act (You must behave). Shall imposes an obligation to act, but it may be confused with the prediction of a future action. Shall is commonly used today in questions requesting an opinion or a preference…

Tip 23: I or Me

A simple way to know which pronoun is correct is to transpose the pronouns or the clause: Don’t let anything come between you and__. Don’t let anything come between me and you. Note: ‘me’ is the object of the preposition ‘between.’ While it may be impolite to refer to me first, at least it’s not…

Tip 21: Finding Passive Voice

Do you have trouble catching passive voice in your writing? Word can help! Passive sentences aren’t incorrect: most of the time they just aren’t the best way to phrase your thoughts. Sometimes passive voice is awkward and can obscure meanings, while other times it’s just vague or wordy. Try this in Microsoft Office Word: 1.…