Writers are often warned not to use passive voice and that active voice is better and preferred by readers. But what exactly is passive voice? (Hint: It has nothing to do with verb tense!) At Writer’s Relief, we know the best way to avoid grammar mistakes is to have...
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Let’s pause briefly (get it?) to consider the comma. While the comma is one of the most common types of punctuation—it’s also one of the most misused. As the grammar police sit stakeout behind a paragraph on Run-On Road, a sentence missing much-needed commas will whiz...
Writers know there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of grammar rules to keep in mind when creating short stories, essays, poetry, or the next great novel. Is it Less or Fewer? Who or Whom? And, of course, the one we constantly have to double check: Lie or Lay? At...
Once upon a time (or maybe last week), the Queen of Grammar Geeks sought the advice of her trusty mirror to help guide her kingdom in the correct use of the pronouns who and whom. As the word mavens at Writer’s Relief can attest, it is a dilemma writers have struggled...
You’re happily writing when suddenly, the grammar police call. Do you accept or except the message? How do you know which word is correct, and which one will get your writer’s license revoked? Here’s a tip: The word geeks at Writer’s Relief are on the case! We’ve...
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