Who or Whom? (Updated)

Who or Whom? No, this is not an owl impression.  These are two words so similar, they’ve sparked debate among the most esteemed of writers and educators. They are also very often misused by the general population. Even though “whom” sounds very formal, there are specific rules for its use. Whom is a pronoun that refers...

Hyphens

I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten points knocked off of a paper’s score because of hyphen misuse.  Here are a few golden rules: If you aren’t sure a compound noun is two words, look it up!  The dictionary is one of the best friends you could ever have.  If your new best friend...

Different from/Different than

Is there a difference (pun totally intended)?  Yes.  First, as always, let’s look into the explanation.  ‘Different’ is a word used to contrast, rather than (tee hee) compare.  ‘Than’ usually follows adjectives used to compare people, items, conditions, etc. Examples: More than, less than, better than, worse than, colder than and many more. CORRECT: The birthday party was...

What We Do: Blog & Website Content

After brainstorming all night and day for weeks or months, you are finally ready to launch your company’s website/blog…or so you thought.  When you have to explain your product or service to people who have never heard of it, what will you say?  How will you explain it?  Will it sound good?  Is it easily...

Title Capitalization

Situation: Student receives draft of Political Science paper back, complete with seemingly endless little red marks.  The problem, improper recognition of people’s titles.  Before turning in the final draft for a grade, see this post! There are several rules to consider when capitalizing: Mail: Capitalize a title when it comes behind a name on the...

Writing Genres: Case Studies

There are many genres (types) of writing for the academic sphere and for the business market. A case study, which examines a real-world scenario, can be written for either.  Usually a case study starts with a problem to be solved and continues with descriptions and evaluations to investigate the problem from various viewpoints. A case...

Editing or Proofreading?

Writing your document is just the first step. Whether you are writing a letter, a report, web content, marketing materials or a dissertation, your writing must be edited. It must also be proofread. What is the difference? Many people think that editing and proofreading are the same thing, but actually they are two different processes....