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Using commas in a series

There is hot debate around using commas in a series of three or more items. The official name for this comma is the “serial comma”. It is also known as the Oxford comma.

Here’s an example of using commas in a series:
I will bring a sleeping bag, tent, and compass

The scholastic argument is over the comma after the word tent.  The […]

Online grammar check

Here’s the trick bloggers and writers don’t want you to know: they rely on online grammar check services to ensure their writing is crisp and a joy to read. That’s the way writers and bloggers consistently produce lots of top quality content. The ability to copy, paste, and submit your writing on a website to have it checked for grammar, […]

Different types of copy editing services

You hand your paper to a copy editor. What comes back to you is something that you hardly recognize as your own creation. “What the heck happened?” you ask, perhaps in more colorful language. Most likely, there was a mismatch between your expectations and the editor’s interpretation of what level of editing to apply to your writing.Copy editing is a […]

Dissertation proposal tips for overwhelmed students

Your dissertation proposal (also known as dissertation prospectus) may be some of your hardest writing to date. The depth needed to write a successful dissertation proposal catches PhD students off guard. Most other papers you have written to date were likely shorter and less preemptive than the proposal you are about to craft. A good dissertation proposal demands that you […]

How to Write Good, by Frank L. Visco

Frank contributed these eleven rules to the world over two decades ago. They’ve become legendary and borderline folklore since then. Because no blog on writing, grammar, or punctuation is credible without mention of these rules, Gramlee proudly pays tribute to Frank’s contribution.

Avoid Alliteration. Always.
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
Employ the vernacular.
Eschew […]

Grammar checker on autopilot – 5 mistakes most computers fail to catch

The advent of algorithmic spelling and grammar checkers in the 1970s was a natural result of the development of word processors. Poor spellers and writers could rely on computers to catch their dirty deeds. Those for whom English was a second language had a tool that promised freedom to communicate with native English speakers.

The sophistication of grammar checkers has expanded […]

Clearly understand the purpose of your dissertation prospectus

Here’s a secret: smart PhD students leverage their dissertation prospectus (also called dissertation proposal) to guide their research. How, you ask? These clever students have bought into the true purpose of the dissertation prospectus.

The prospectus is a blueprint for the rest of your research. Just as entrepreneurs have a business plan that they can later execute, students writing a dissertation […]

How to write a college personal statement that gets you noticed

Most credible colleges require a personal statement or essay as part of your application. How do you get noticed in a stack of thousands of applications? Standing out from the crowd is especially important if you can’t rely on your grade point average to do the trick. The following tips will help you write a college personal statement that admissions […]

When a pen is truly mightier than a sword

A poisonous-bullet pen is mightier, deadlier, and stealthier than a sword if your intent is to kill. South Korean activist Park Sang-hak learned this in a failed assassination attempt on his life by a North Korean spy wielding a Parker ballpoint pen that was designed to shoot a bullet filled with poison.

And you thought James Bond was the only one […]