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.

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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 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.

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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. A reader has asked me about my use of the abbreviation Ex. Does [Ex.]

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.

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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.”.

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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.

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 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.

5 Examples of How Hyphens Help

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 5 Examples of How Hyphens Help. Confusion about whether or not to use a hyphen remains one of the most common mechanical problems in writing. Here are five sentences in which hyphens are erroneously omitted. The head on crash sent three people to the hospital.”.

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7 Examples of Passive Voice (And How To Fix Them)

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 7 Examples of Passive Voice (And How To Fix Them). The sentence construction “(noun) (verb phrase) by (noun)” is known as passive voice or passive construction, because the true subject is relegated to the end of the sentence and is thus acted on, rather than acting, which often weakens the statement. The solution is simple: Give the focal point of the sentence its due — “(noun) (verb) (noun),” and demote the false subject to the back of the line.

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5 Examples of Extraneous Hyphens

Daily Writing Tips

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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5 Examples of the Need for Multiple Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

These examples demonstrate the proper application of hyphens in such cases. Original Post: 5 Examples of the Need for Multiple Hyphenation.

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 More Examples of Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

An auditing organization is identified in this sentence as an example of consumers’ personal information. Make sure that when you shoehorn additional information into a sentence, it is being wedged in at a location where its relationship to a word or phrase is clear.

Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example


In this article I will share with you a simple 7-step plan based on a fully worked example of Customer Data Analysis using Excel. For a copy of the worked example excel spreadsheet containing all the formula please email me.

A Fine Example of Meeting Readers' Needs

Business Writing

I am away on a writing retreat on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and I took myself to Doc's Marina Grill for dinner tonight. The menu included something I have never seen on a menu before, yet it makes perfect sense for. Best Picks Writing Tips

3 Examples of How Semicolons Strengthen a Sentence

Daily Writing Tips

Semicolons help clarify construction of sentences.

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.,

5 Examples of Proper Style for Proper Nouns

Daily Writing Tips

Here are five examples of proper nouns that illustrate the importance of verifying precise nomenclature and considering the context in which it is used. A similar example is the name of the National Institutes — not Institute — of Health.).

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.

Leading by Example

Business Writing

Over the past 1.5 days, I taught a business writing course for internal auditors. Throughout the program the vice president of internal auditing participated wholeheartedly in every learning activity. He shared his knowledge, admitted his knowledge gaps, and communicated his.

The Value of Giving Examples

Business Writing

I was on a United Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco this week, when a flight attendant said something I had never heard before. Usually at the end of a flight, passengers hear an announcement about checking around them. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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.

When Not to Write--An Example

Business Writing

Borders Books – An Example of Understanding the Customer Relationship

Make or Break Moments

The economy has taken its toll on all businesses, some more than others. But add to that fact, changing technology and the change in consumer buying habits and you have a more challenging operational situation. Borders Books announced yesterday that it is filing Chapter 11. On the same day I received a detailed email from the [.]. Communication Connecting Moments Borders books customer communication customer relationships Meet Up open communication


Twitter Fiction. Really!

Daily Writing Tips

It can, for example, provide a stream of links to useful web pages or it can enable writers to keep in touch with editors, publishers or other writers. Posts By Email Grab The RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book Twitter Fiction. Really!

Business Writing: A Quick Example of Positive Language

Business Writing

Fleshing Out and Flushing Out

Daily Writing Tips

Posts By Email Grab The RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book Fleshing Out and Flushing Out by Maeve Maddox Suzanne Baal notes: [an] error that I’ve been hearing lately is “flesh it out&# vs “flush it out&#.

“Bored with,” or “bored of”?

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Here are some examples of nonstandard usage on the web: Is Robert Gibbs Getting Bored Of Being Press Secretary? Posts By Email Grab The RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book “Bored with,&# or “bored of&# ?

Using Subtotals Function in Microsoft Excel

Professional Assistant Blog

The spreadsheet might contain other types of data, but is similar to this example? checked (in this example).

Leaks Are Vital For Democracy and the NSA Revelations Are the Quintessential Example Why | Freedom of the Press Foundation

Denise Aday

Leaks Are Vital For Democracy and the NSA Revelations Are the Quintessential Example Why | Freedom of the Press Foundation : Leaks, while controversial, remain vital to democracy when the government shuts off traditional avenues of transparency and accountability. And there has never been a better example of this than the recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The $10 Million Serial Comma--Why Not Use It?

Business Writing

To be clear, these examples show the serial, Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business WritingPlease explain to me why people don't use the serial comma. When millions of dollars can be drained away in a lawsuit because of its absence, why would anyone not use it?

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Ingenious vs. Ingenuous

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Take, for example, the two words ingenious and ingenuous. Posts By Email Grab The RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book Ingenious vs. Ingenuous by Simon Kewin Be careful with ingenious and ingenuous. Sometimes a single letter can make a great deal of difference to the meaning of a word.

Is She a “Lady” or a “Woman”?

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I gave examples, through parallel terms the equality between male and female, woman and man, lady and gentleman. For example, policemen, lawyers, and newscasters often refer to men in criminal custody as “gentlemen.&#

4 Simple Productivity Hacks to Always Wake Up Productive

Dumb Little Man

For example, the average American uses 3 hours on social media every day [[link] Even if you’re not using quite as many hours on social media alone, you’re probably wasting quite a few hours on things like mobile games, entertaining websites, social media, and TV or Netflix.

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More Industries Moving to the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

  Uber, Lyft and ridesharing services are often cited as examples. But Amazon is in many ways a better example. There are many more, but we figure these are enough examples to get the point across. 

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Should a Company Be "It" or "We"?

Business Writing

Below are their examples, slightly disguised. In the past week, two clients have written to ask whether they should refer to their company or division using the singular it or a plural pronoun. The underlining indicates the pronoun they doubted.

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Why The Best Leaders Stay On Top: The Secret Behind Their Decision-Making Strategies

Dumb Little Man

Examples of businesses failing to adapt can be seen in Netflix taking down Blockbuster, Amazon taking down Borders, and smartphone cameras taking down Kodak. We can see examples in our own lives through older generations that failed to embrace new technologies (i.e.

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7 Hard Truths About Success From John D. Rockefeller

Dumb Little Man

For example, an Amazon book search for Steve Jobs, the legendary Apple CEO, reveals over 14,000 titles. Fortunately, history is filled with many examples that provide plenty of inspiration and instruction.

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