Tip 17: Spelling Hacks

Do you have trouble with spelling? Is it ‘lose’ or ‘loose’? Remember this: “The goose got loose.” Both have two ‘o’s! Is it ‘stationary’ or ‘stationery’? Remember this: “Stay stationary.” Both have ‘a’s! Remember this: “Envelopes are called stationery.” Both have ‘e’s! Is it ‘affect’ or ‘effect’? Remember this: “‘a’ comes before ‘e’ in the…

Tip 14: Biannual/Semiannual & Biweekly/Semiweekly

When to use ‘biannual/semiannual’ and ‘biweekly/semiweekly’ ‘Biannual’ and ‘semiannual’ both mean twice a year. ‘Biennial’ means every two years. ‘Biweekly’ meetings occur every two weeks. ‘Semiweekly’ meetings occur twice a week. Since most people can’t keep them straight, just say “every other week” or “twice weekly.” A note from our Editor Question: “As ‘bimonthly’ means…

Tip 13: Units of Measure

How do you align different expressions of measurements? Use the slash (/) in place of ‘per’ between two abbreviated units of measurement. 40 psi/ft 15 cm/s 40 lbm/ft Use the degree sign (°) with angles, temperatures [except metric K (Kelvin)], and compass coordinates. 20° slope 65° 2°W Abbreviate units of measurement in the text only…

Tip 12: Which or That

‘That’ is a restrictive pronoun, which means that it introduces information that is necessary to the meaning of the sentence and therefore does not need to be set off by commas. ‘Which’ is a nonrestrictive pronoun, which means that it introduces additional information to the sentence and therefore the phrase that it introduces is set…