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Punctuation - Part 2

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3 Tips for Writing Success

Are you trying to work on your writing? Do you sometimes feel frustrated with your lack of progress with your writing skills?

If you want to improve your English writing skills, then I think there are 3 areas -- 3 practices, 3 habits -- that you regularly need to work on. If you regularly do these 3 practices, these 3 habits on a weekly or daily basis, then your English writing skills will get better.

These 3 areas are:
1. improving your vocabulary
2. improving your grammar
3. getting to know your audience and writing to your audience - that is, getting to know the people who will read what you write and targeting your writing, your writing style, to them.

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Tip #1 - Improve Your Vocabulary

Growing your vocabulary is important. Set aside time to work on learning new words and adding them to your vocabulary every week. I suggest you buy a paper notebook for this, and call it your "Vocabulary Journal."

When you find new words t…

Punctuation - Part 1

I previously posted about capitalization. Another grammar point that can be tricky to understand is punctuation.

When do you use a period?a question mark?a comma?a semicolon?
... and many other forms of punctuation as well.

Punctuation is important because it helps your reader make sense of how you've organized your thoughts in your writing.

In this post, I want to talk about the punctuation we use at the end of sentences.
We use three forms of punctuation at the end of sentences:
periodquestion markexclamation point

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We use a period to show the reader that the thought, the idea of the sentence is now concluded.

I like pizza.
Yesterday Maria bought a new TV.
Eric went to the shopping mall and met his friends there.

It can confuse your readers if you don't have a period at the end of your sentences.

Examples of sentences without periods:
Yesterday was a busy day for me I had a doctor's appointment I got an oil cha…

“Even Though” vs. “Because”

Knowing when to use even though and when to use because can sometimes be a little tricky. So let’s talk about how each is used in English sentences.

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Even ThoughWe use even though to show that the information in the clause is surprising, is unusual. For example: Robert feels great even though he only got a few hours of sleep last night. Since Robert only had a few hours of sleep, it is surprising, it is unusual that he is feeling great – we would expect that he would feel very tired if he only had a few hours of sleep. That’s why we useeven thoughin this sentence. Here is another example: Even though the traffic was bad this morning, Jessica got to work on time. It is surprising that Jessica got to work on time because the traffic was bad. We would expect that she would have arrived late to work because of the bad traffic, but she didn’t. She arrived on time.
BecauseWe use because to show why something happened. We have a logical rea…

Presidents’ Day

The third Monday in February is Presidents’ Day in the United States. This is a day to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

George Washington was the first President of the United States. He served eight years, 1789 – 1797. Before that, he was commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, from 1861 to 1865. During his presidency, the Southern states fought the Northern states in the Civil War because they wanted to maintain slavery. The Northern States won. On April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Lincoln was assassinated.
Read more about this holiday: George Washington (Wikipedia)Abraham Lincoln (Wikipedia)The American Revolution ( Civil War ( Washington Monument (U.S. National Park Service)The Lincoln Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)Presidents’ Day ( Rushmore in South Dakota (U.S. National Park Service)
Now let’s do so…

3 Teachers Share Their Favorite Writing Tips

For this post, I collaborated with other online tutors to talk about their favorite writing tips. Three online tutors have graciously shared their expertise in this post. Here you'll read about writing tips and resources suggested by Joanne Kaminski, Ann Mitchell, and Katie Snyder.
Joanne Kaminski Joanne Kaminski ( tutors kids that are struggling with reading even if they have dyslexia.  She has been teaching for over 17 years and tutoring since 2010.  She is a best-selling Amazon author of 31 Days to Become a Better Reader: Increasing your Struggling Reader's Reading Level.

If you want to improve your academic and business grammar skills, then download grammarly.  This is an amazing app.  In fact, when you download it, it will even install a copy on your social media to ensure you don't have any typos when posting on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
What I love about this app is that it gives you a starting point of the areas you typically make m…