Why You Should Start Setting Financial Goals (Plus Examples)

Dumb Little Man

For example, maybe you pick one overarching goal like “save more,” but your monthly goals or challenges could be something like only spending a certain amount on non-essential purchases. The post Why You Should Start Setting Financial Goals (Plus Examples) appeared first on Dumb Little Man. Each year offers a fresh start and most of us are eager to get our lives on track. We start out with the best of intentions, but keeping that momentum is easier said than done.

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10 Misplaced Modifier Examples

Daily Writing Tips

It is so common among professional writers as well as those who are not paid to write (or for whom writing is not a primary job responsibility) that it is easy to find multiple examples of such a mistake during one’s casual reading of news articles, as demonstrated by the collection of sentences from such sources in this post. Examples are followed by discussion of the error and one or more revisions. 10 Examples. Original post: 10 Misplaced Modifier Examples.

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Introducing Examples

Daily Writing Tips

mean ‘for example’? to mean “for example” or “an example.” Sometimes I spell out “for example.” And when I’m feeling academic, I use e.g. to introduce a list of examples. E.g. is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase exempli gratia , “for the sake of example.”. A reader has asked me about my use of the abbreviation Ex. Does [Ex.]

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Writing Styles (with Examples)

Daily Writing Tips

Two Examples of Style. Original post: Writing Styles (with Examples). You’ve probably heard writers (or teachers, or critics) talk about “style” in writing. What exactly is style, though? It can be tough to pin down, because there are a variety of things we might be looking at when we talk about style. In most cases, though, style is about the individual word choices and the structure of sentences.

2018 68

6 Cool Examples of Successful Niche Businesses

The Solopreneur Life

Here are six examples of how enterprising solopreneurs identified needs, created fabulous niches, and built thriving businesses. Bob Chandler and Bigfoot: A Monster Example of “Niche Creation” Cash Flow: The #1 Threat To Solopreneur Businesses. T he secret to a successful niche business is realizing that it isn’t about you. It’s about the customer.” ” —Glenda Ervin, vice president of marketing for Lehman’s. Ervin is absolutely correct.

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5 Fantastic Examples of Eco Sticker Design

Eco-Office Gals

Creating custom stickers is an art form so lets look at some great examples to help you on the way ecooffice-gals chatted with custom sticker experts Blue Bee Printing who recommended some cool eco sticker examples to get inspired from. Take for example the above design. The post 5 Fantastic Examples of Eco Sticker Design appeared first on Eco-Office Gals.

2015 122

Hyphens Guide: Functions and Examples

Daily Writing Tips

The rule does not apply to abbreviations standing for open compounds, so use a hyphen, for example, in “US-Mexico border.”) Original post: Hyphens Guide: Functions and Examples. The functions the hyphen appear to be straightforward, but exceptions and inconsistencies abound. This post serves as a guide to the recommendations of The Chicago Manual of Style regarding hyphenation.

2018 72

5 Wordy Sentences Examples and Corrections

Daily Writing Tips

Revision of the following wordy sentences, accompanied by commentary about the revision, provides specific examples of the types of verbosities to eliminate. Original post: 5 Wordy Sentences Examples and Corrections. The careful writer always reviews their prose, and one of the qualities they aspire to demonstrate is conciseness, or brevity of expression.

2019 69

Subject-Verb Agreement: Rules and Examples

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If that sounds a bit complicated or mathematical, here are a couple of very simple examples to show this in action: The child plays at the park. Here’s an example: There is a child on the swings. Here are some examples: The committee asks new members to sign Form A1. Original post: Subject-Verb Agreement: Rules and Examples.

2019 77

Script Writing Tips and Format Example

Daily Writing Tips

Original post: Script Writing Tips and Format Example. If critics tell you that your stories have too much dialogue, maybe you should consider writing scripts. It’s different from writing ordinary prose. For one thing, a script is not the finished work of art. It’s the blueprint that the director and actors use to create the work of art. The good news about that: your words don’t have to carry all the weight.

2019 65

When to Use a Colon: Rules and Examples

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Here are some examples of colons being used correctly, preceding an item or multiple items when the sentence requires punctuation at that point. Here’s an example: You should bring: A torch. This example is consistent because each item ends with a punctuation mark: either a period or an exclamation point. In that example, “This” has to be capitalized because it’s the start of a full sentence quotation. Drop us a comment below to share your examples.

2019 83

When to Use a Comma: 10 Rules and Examples

Daily Writing Tips

Here’s an example: The cake mix requires flour , sugar , eggs , and butter. Here are some examples: However , she didn’t love him back. For more on this, plus an example of an instance where a comma is required after the independent clause, take a look at Subordinate Clauses and Commas. For example: He’s a cheerful, kind boy. Original post: When to Use a Comma: 10 Rules and Examples. Commas can be a particularly tricky punctuation mark.

2019 85

Translating Yearly Goals into Monthly and Weekly Goals – An Example

Simple Productivity Blog

Today I wanted to give you a concrete example. The post Translating Yearly Goals into Monthly and Weekly Goals – An Example appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. Last week I talked about how setting yearly goals, then generating monthly, weekly and daily goals and tasks can bring you to completion quickly. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com.,

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All About Prepositional Phrases, with Over 60 Examples

Daily Writing Tips

For example, in the prepositional phrase under the hill , under is the preposition and the hill is the object. For example: An occurrence of sneezing is sometimes considered a sign of disease by over-cautious parents. List of Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases Examples. Original post: All About Prepositional Phrases, with Over 60 Examples. This article contains every common preposition in the English language.

2019 77

3 Examples of Dangling Modifiers

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Discussion after each example explains the problem, and revisions demonstrate solutions. Original post: 3 Examples of Dangling Modifiers.

7 Examples of Incorrect Punctuation with Quotation Marks

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Each example is followed by a discussion of the problem and a revision that provides a solution. But when dropped into a sentence, as in the example above, it becomes part of the sentence, just as if it were a paraphrase (“She pointed out that speed matters — the faster an organization learns, the faster it evolves.”) Original post: 7 Examples of Incorrect Punctuation with Quotation Marks.

2018 80

3 Examples of Interpolated Coordination

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Discussions following the examples explain the problem, and revisions demonstrate the solution. Original post: 3 Examples of Interpolated Coordination. When a phrase provides comparative or correlative information to supplement information appearing in the main clause of a sentence, it must be integrated into the sentence without disrupting the syntax. In each of the following sentences, this integration is flawed.

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The Glamorous Life of the Solopreneur, Example No. 83

The Solopreneur Life

T he solopreneur life — it’s so, so glamorous! The home on the beach, the 4-hour work weeks, the world travel, the wealth and riches! If you’re a regular reader of my columns, you know that I’m kidding. Griffin. This week our dog Griffin had, ahem, bowel issues. He let me know about it while I was trying to work. Barking. Whining. Pacing. Scratching at my door. Begging to be taken outside — frequently. So, see Larry inspecting the clinical evidence.

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Bob Chandler and Bigfoot: A Monster Example of “Niche Creation”

The Solopreneur Life

As an example of what niche creation looks like, consider the story of Bob Chandler, the St. S olopreneurs are frequently encouraged to “find your niche.” ” I disagree with that advice. Don’t find your niche. Create your niche. Louis construction worker who became a legendary figure for turning a weekend passion into a multimillion-dollar industry.

3 Examples of Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

n each of the following examples, placement of a phrase obfuscates the sentence’s narrative flow. Original post: 3 Examples of Misplaced Modifiers. Discussion and a revision follow each sentence. Ultimately, it isn’t the strongest or the smartest companies that survive and prosper, but those that successfully adapt to change.

2017 50

5 Examples of Insufficient Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

The error here is the same as the second one in the previous example — the lack of a hyphen creates the impression that the last word in a phrasal adjective is itself modified by the preceding word or words. Original Post: 5 Examples of Insufficient Hyphenation. Phrasal adjectives that consist of more than two words are often flawed in construction, perhaps because writers are hesitant to complicate a phrase with more than one hyphen.

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5 Examples of Confused Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

The following five sentences illustrate various ways in which the wrong word order or choice of phrasing can obfuscate meaning; discussion and a revision follows each example. When writers neglect to take sufficient care in forming sentences, confusion and error can easily result. Various supervisors have developed their own risk assessment methodologies independently, which are not always directly comparable.

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3 Examples of an Effective Go-to-Market Strategy

Small Business CEO

… The post 3 Examples of an Effective Go-to-Market Strategy appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO. A go-to-market or GTM strategy is not limited to new products or new market entries; it encompasses every aspect of your product that’s being introduced or re-introduced to the market. An effective GTM strategy should be part of an overall brand strategy, especially if you’re a new player or if launching a new, innovative product or service.

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3 Examples of Incorrect Use of Semicolons

Daily Writing Tips

Discussion following each example explains why the use of one or more semicolons is an error, and revisions demonstrate proper punctuation. Original post: 3 Examples of Incorrect Use of Semicolons. In each of the following sentences, semicolons are incorrectly employed. The lack of specificity allows flexibility; but the lack of clarity also makes certification less certain. This sentence consists of two independent clauses.

2018 54

5 Examples of Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

Consider these examples. Original Post: 5 Examples of Misplaced Modifiers. You’ve heard that timing is everything. In writing, however, placement takes first place when it comes to conveying meaning. So far, the book has only come out in Italian.”. It has only come out in Italian? It hasn’t done anything else in that language? No, it is only in Italian that it has come out. This revision says so clearly: “So far, the book has come out only in Italian.” (The

2013 78

3 Examples of Expletives to Be Expunged

Daily Writing Tips

Discussion after each example explains the problem, and a revision demonstrates the solution. Here, because of the modifying introductory phrase, the expletive is not so obtrusive, and in this case, the syntax is not doubly passive—the subject immediately follows the expletive, rather than being twice removed, as in the previous example. Original post: 3 Examples of Expletives to Be Expunged.

2018 50

3 Examples of Erroneous Case Style

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following examples, a phrase employs incorrect treatment as to whether one or more words begin with uppercase or lowercase letters. Original post: 3 Examples of Erroneous Case Style. An explanation, followed by a revision, points out each error. Three of the children developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition with anemia and kidney complications.

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5 Examples of Repetition and Redundancy

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, repetition of words or phrases or redundant use of similar terms is easily eliminated, as described in the explanations and shown in the revisions that follow each example. The Latin-derived abbreviations for “for example” and “and so on” are redundant; delete one or the other: “The personal information available in medical records can be used to perform any number of identity-theft tactics for some form of financial gain (e.g.,

2017 51

3 Examples of Problems with Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

Discussion following each example explains the problem, and revisions illustrate solutions. Original post: 3 Examples of Problems with Parallel Structure. In each of the following sentences, sentence construction obscures the complementary relationship between parallel phrases. Follow this step with user support and usage monitoring to ensure a smooth transition and optimal user experience during and post-implementation.

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3 Examples of Mismatched Inflectional Endings

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following examples, discussions explain this point in greater detail, and revisions illustrate adherence to this rule. Original post: 3 Examples of Mismatched Inflectional Endings. When verbs serve parallel functions within a sentence, they should be treated with the same inflectional ending (-s/-es, -ed, or -ing) or should both have no inflectional ending at all.

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3 Examples of Strengthening Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

Discussion and a revision follows each example. Original post: 3 Examples of Strengthening Parallel Structure. In each of the sentences below, misplacement of a word, or absence of a word, presents an obstacle to comprehension. These regulations either need to be revised or repealed. When employing an “either.

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What Is Irony? (With Examples)

Daily Writing Tips

Here are some examples of irony (or the lack of): Is it ironic that I posted a video about how boring and useless Facebook is on Facebook? With Examples). Recently I was walking and talking with my co-worker, who happens to be a freelance writer and aspiring journalist.

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5 Examples of How Hyphens Help

Daily Writing Tips

This sentence creates the unfortunate impression that a human head is somehow responsible for a car accident: The phrasal adjective “head on” should be hyphenated before the noun it refers to (but, like all the other examples in this post, should left open when it follows the noun): “The head-on crash sent three people to the hospital.”. Original Post: 5 Examples of How Hyphens Help.

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3 More Examples of Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

Original post: 3 More Examples of Misplaced Modifiers. Words and phrases that provide additional information to clarify relationships between people, places, or things should, for the sake of clarity, be carefully placed to aid readers in understanding a statement. In each of the following sentences, the writer has failed to achieve that goal. Discussions explain the problems, and revisions resolve them.

2017 51

3 Examples of Restructuring In-Line Lists

Daily Writing Tips

A discussion and a revision after each example explains the error and illustrates a solution. Similar to the previous example, because the distinct items are clearly indicated by parallel use of verbs, no hand-holding replacement of commas with semicolons is necessary in this case.). Original post: 3 Examples of Restructuring In-Line Lists.

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5 More Examples of Extraneous Hyphens

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 5 More Examples of Extraneous Hyphens. When it comes to hyphens, prose is often in a state of disequilibrium: Sometimes there are too many, and sometimes there are too few, but careful writers learn when the number of hyphens is just right. These sentences demonstrate a surfeit of hyphenation. It should come as no surprise that the America’s Cup sponsors may be less-than-pleased with the event’s slow start.”.

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7 Examples of Valid Passive Construction

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 7 Examples of Valid Passive Construction. One of the easiest principles of grammar to remember is to avoid the passive voice, or passive construction, but it’s just as essential to recall that this rule is not absolute. Passive construction has its place. Appropriate uses are described below.

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5 Examples of Faulty Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

Here are five examples of sentences in which parallel structure is flawed, with a discussion of each error. Just as in the previous example, the opposing phrases (in this case, “not at” and “but at”) should both follow the verb they share (in this case, look , which should not intervene in the first of the two phrases): “The site looks not at opinions or predictions but at statements that the general public would be interested in knowing the truth about.”.

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3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue

Daily Writing Tips

To properly signal an abrupt syntactical change or clearly indicate syntactical hierarchy, consider replacing one or two commas with a dash or two, as described in a discussion and shown in a revision following each of the examples in this post. The problem here is similar to that of the previous example, in that well must be set off from the rest of the parenthesis of which it is a part. Original post: 3 Examples of Dashing to the Rescue.

2017 45

3 Examples of How a Comma Can Change Meaning

Daily Writing Tips

Omission of a lowly comma often alters the intent of a sentence, as demonstrated in the following examples, each followed by discussion and a revision. Original post: 3 Examples of How a Comma Can Change Meaning. Customers likely to be the target of any kind of prosecution under this law include individuals who use tax planners such as celebrities and politicians.

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3 Examples of Confusion Caused by Missing Words

Daily Writing Tips

Discussion after each example explains the problem, and a revision to each sentence provides a clarifying solution. Original post: 3 Examples of Confusion Caused by Missing Words. In each of the sentences below, omission of a small but key word muddles the statement’s meaning. Some organizations still look at privacy and security as a cost/benefit equation, rather than an issue that could create long-term damage.

2018 55

3 Examples of Proper Attribution of Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 3 Examples of Proper Attribution of Quotations. Of the 230 companies we inventoried in 1984, 54 had gone out of business or been taken over by 1987. From 1981 to 1994, we lost 84 percent,’ said Smith.”. Interrupt a quotation of more than one sentence with an attribution following the first sentence to avoid a delay in identifying the speaker or writer: “’Of the 230 companies we inventoried in 1984, 54 had gone out of business or been taken over by 1987,’ said Smith.

2013 70

5 Examples of Extraneous Hyphens

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Here are examples of superfluous usage: 1. Original Post: 5 Examples of Extraneous Hyphens. Hyphens are helpful little things that aid in reader comprehension. Although confusion is not at great risk in phrases like “sharp-dressed man” (though the omission of the hyphen suggests that the passage literally refers to a dressed man who is sharp) others, such as “small-business owner,” can at the very least conjure distracting imagery if they omit the hyphen.

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