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[QW6] Is “Everyone has …” or “… have …” correct?

If you've followed along with the Quick Wins from the beginning, this is where it starts paying off! In [QW1], we discussed a team is a collection of people making up: A group An entity (one - 'it'). The team has a chance to win. It has a chance to win. Although it...

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[QW5] “It’s” vs. “Its”

Here is a problematic word puzzler where one outlier does not follow the rule. [QW5] "It's" vs. "Its" We often find an apostrophe demonstrating ownership: The dog's bone A company's logo A Ferengi's tooth sharpener (If you're not a Star Trek fan, never mind 🙂 ) We...

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[QW4] ‘Democratic’ vs. ‘Democrat’

Okay, pet peeve time. We in the U.S. are ramping up to an election in early November. And I guarantee: we will hear and see the word 'democratic' misused 99% of the time between now and then. Well ... forever, really. Few of us – including grammar pundits and the...

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[QW3] Don’t confuse ‘I’ and ‘me’

[Surprise! I'm experimenting with sending my posts on Saturday mornings. It's history makin', and you're part of it ;-). Thanks for tagging along. Enjoy, K.] One of the most difficult things to get right in sentences is 'I' and 'me.' [QW3] Don't confuse 'I' and 'me'...

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[QW2] Never (!) refer to people as ‘that’

Welcome back to Quick Wins for those pesky 'word puzzlers' in our lives. This month's offering is one of my biggies: [QW2] Never (!) refer to people as 'that' If you've ever asked me to edit for you, you are probably aware I'm a 'That' Nazi. This is what some of my...

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[QW1] Companies and groups are not people!

  Hey! What's all this 'QW' stuff in the headline?! Well-l-l, I recently looked back through some project management notes, where I discovered a pattern of easy-to-fix tech issues and 'word puzzlers' gone wild. 😉  To help us all stamp out these recurring...

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Fun examples of c-r-a-z-y English!

Fun examples of c-r-a-z-y English!

Hey there! For the past few weeks, I've been 'stuck in' (as my Aussie buddies say) with difficult projects. I needed a break. Good timing. A friend sent me the perfect grin maker right when I needed it. I'm thinkin' maybe you could use a kick-back-and-smile moment,...

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“Who kidnapped these two words?!”

“Who kidnapped these two words?!”

Don't you think we need a break from the intensive January and February posts? Yeah, I agree. Here ya go. I don't often jump on my writing rebel soapbox (not here, anyway 😎 ). But, today is different. 'Cause this is creepy. Invasion of the Body Snatchers weird. A...

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“Can I use ‘their’ in sentences ?”

One of the things I especially like about having my own writing business is the ability to help when a volunteer group needs a newsletter or a final look-see for a website. This is one place I can ‘give back to the community,’ as well as help someone who is in panic...

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