Continual and Continuous

There IS a Difference

By Annette Rey

Let’s make this simple.

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Residence or Residency?

A Short Clarification

By Annette Rey

These situations come up and it is good to take a look at them. You can develop a pattern of correct word usage by being in the habit of learning the correct word origin to work from.

On the television, I heard this being said, “We maintain separate residencies.” The word choice used is the plural of the noun residency. That is not the correct derivation in this case.

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Old, Forgotten, Wonderful Words

 

Still Useful Today

By Annette Rey

Words show what writers want to tell their readers. Flabbergast, and gunshots punctuated the riverfront night, and shattered opera glasses, and bellicose, all conjure up images in our minds. Speaking and writing should be rich with descriptive, picture-haunting words. And writers should not be stingy with their use.

But what about using outdated words?

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Writers Reaching Backwards

Use Outdated Words, Occasionally

By Annette Rey

Writers, be ingenious. Be flexible. Be creative. Look forward, right? But I say, also look backwards.

What do I mean by that?

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Reference Sites for Writers

Find the Gold

By Annette Rey

Here I am with more sites for writers. I hope you are cataloging them somewhere in a file on your desktop.

The list is growing.

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Words Have Weight

Some People Are Oblivious

By Annette Rey

Words have as much weight and substance as any tangible object because, after hearing them, they anchor every act we are about to take. Among many other reasons to communicate, words direct, request, demand, insinuate, insult, compliment, plead, and dress our lives with beauty. Yet there are some who don’t give words a thought.

So how can we benefit from the communication of people who throw words around like they are so much fluff, and simply noise in the wind?

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Literal vs. Figurative

Little Things Mean A Lot

By Annette Rey

Writers do so much to avoid making mistakes in their writing. They dread seeing a mistake in a final piece of work in black and white on the web or on paper. Writers have to juggle rules of grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word usage, plot, scene, theme, and more.

With all this on their minds, simple errors can be committed.

Let’s look at the words literal and figurative, both adjectives.

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