Tenses: What Can They Tell Us?

Posted December 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Tenses: What Can They Tell Us?

You already know what tense is and why it’s important. Now we’re going to take it further and discuss what these tense and aspect combinations can tell us. Beware. This post will be full of technical terms and grammar concepts. I’ve kept it as simple as I can. What’s this all about? Tense is one […]

Grammar Tricks

Posted October 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Grammar Tricks

Posts about common grammar mistakes are plentiful on the Internet. However, many of them fail to be very helpful for the non-grammarian, because grammar is used to explain grammar. Without a strong background and interest in grammar, posts like these are not going to make a lasting impression. A grammar-explaining-grammar might go something like this: “Your […]

Simple Comma Rules 3-4

Posted September 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Simple Comma Rules 3-4

The post Simple Comma Rules 3-4 is part of a series called Writing Tips. This series is devoted to helping you become a better and more effective writer. To see previous Writing Tips posts, click here. Two weeks ago, I talked about two simple comma rules: clarifying information in lists and separating clauses in complex sentences. Today we […]

Simple Comma Rules 1-2

Posted September 1, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Simple Comma Rules 1-2

The post Simple Comma Rules 1-2 is part of a series called Writing Tips. This series is devoted to helping you become a better and more effective writer. To see previous Writing Tips posts, click here. Growing up, the only guideline for using commas that I remember receiving was vague: commas go where you would naturally […]