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A Problem with Problematize

Though some writers still consider it jargon, the word problematize has gained general acceptance, at least in academic writing. But make sure to use it correctly . . .

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URLs: Some Practical Advice

The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .

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Sins of Omission

Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them. . . .

Singular or Plural? Sometimes, It Depends

When each part of a plural subject possesses something individually, the thing possessed must generally be in the plural as well. But in several cases, the thing possessed should be in the singular. . . .

Quotes When Nothing Is Being Quoted

Authors often use quotation marks when nothing is being quoted. The marks may indicate irony, skepticism, derision—as such, they are sometimes called scare quotes. . . .

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