Tip 50:Did you know . . .

All of-Except with pronouns, ‘of’ is unnecessary (e.g., ‘all the shoes,’ but ‘all of them’). As to whether-whether or not-Whether is usually sufficient. Commence or initiate-Use ‘begin’ or ‘start’ instead. Currently, presently-Currently means it is happening now-Presently means it will happen soon. Data takes a plural verb. Datum is singular and takes a singular verb.…

Tip 47: Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three dots with spaces between them that are inserted into a quotation to show that words have been omitted from the original quotation. (Ellipses is plural for ellipsis.) Rules include: 1. When you place an ellipsis in the middle of a quotation to show that words have been omitted,…

Tip 45: Compose and Comprise

‘Compose’ and ‘comprise’ are two verbs that are easy to mix up if the writer isn’t aware of their differences. ‘Compose’ means ‘to form by putting together,’ while ‘comprise’ means ‘to include, contain, or consist of.’ In both cases, we are dealing with parts and a whole. Hint: when using ‘comprise,’ the whole always comes…