All you need to know about the optional-element slot on the MLA style template . . .
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This post explains when to use the present tense and when to use the past tense when discussing texts. Hint: the key is consistency . . .
Perhaps no mark of punctuation ruffles feathers more than the serial comma. But what about the serial semicolon? . . .
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Should you use “I” in academic writing? An editor offers guidance . . .
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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This post offer commonsense guidelines on treating URLs in works-cited-list entries . . .
Learn to recognize redundancy in your writing . . .
Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them.
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.
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.