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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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MLK Day the MLA Way

Martin Luther King Day? Martin Luther King, Jr., Day? MLK Day? There seems to be no consensus on how to style the name of this federal holiday.

When Not to Include

Many of the MLA’s authorities on English usage frown on the use of include to mean are. . . .

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