Passive Voice and the Word Was

I had a friend email me a sample edit today that she’d gotten from another editor. She was a bit confused because the editor had flagged every instance of the word “was” as “passive voice.” I actually run across this from time to time, so I thought I’d post here. If you already know this, […]

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The Ellipsis

Ah, the ellipsis. The ellipsis can be a bit of a pain, but once mastered, it’s a great tool. For the purpose of this post, I’m only talking about using the ellipsis in fiction, not as it is applied to journalism, nonfiction, or academic texts. First, what are ellipses used for? They are used to […]

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Is Air-conditioning…

According to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary: Air-conditioning, when used as a noun, is hyphenated. The house has air-conditioning. Air conditioner, a noun, is open. The air conditioner is on the fritz. Air-conditioned: Both as an adjective and a verb is hyphenated. The air-conditioned room. Air-condition a building. Air conditioning, when used as a noun, is open. […]

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Thank You. No, Thank You!

There are actually two ways to write thank you. No, seriously. I promise. Thank you, when used as a phrase, is two words. However, when used as a noun, it’s hyphenated. Examples:She gave away bookmarks to her readers as a small thank-you for their loyalty. “Thank you so much for reading!”

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