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To Splice or Not to Splice?

Writers should generally not use a comma to connect two independent clauses, and editors of fiction and nonfiction should be alert for them.

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Comma Sense

Some commas are needed to prevent misreading, some are harmful, and others are optional . . .

Effective Signposting

Get tips on building signposts to help articulate the structure of your argument . . .

Don’t Bury the Lede

If you habitually bury the lede in your sentences, you may eventually test the patience of your readers . . .

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Adverbs to Avoid

I’m not going to tell you to cut adverbs out of your prose entirely. Instead, I’m going to review a particular category of adverbs that you can easily avoid and thereby tighten your prose . . .

The Danger of Deploy

Deploy is not a good synonym for use, utilize, or employ, because it has a narrower sense and specific associations . . .

It is . . . that; or, How Not to Edit Jane Austen

The formula it is . . . that is one of the most common rhetorical tics in academic writing. This formula also provides a great opportunity to edit for concision, since it can usually be removed easily from a sentence without changing the meaning . . .

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