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Parts Of Speech

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Lay Or Lie

Lay is a transitive verb. Transitive verbs need a subject and one or more direct objects. The present tense is ‘lay’. Example: I (subject) lay the blanket (direct object) on the bed. The past tense is ‘laid’. Example: I laid the blanket on the bed. Lie is an intransitive…

Less vs Fewer

Generally speaking 'fewer' is used for things that can be counted. If you can count something, choose 'fewer'. If you can't, use 'less'. Fewer from Oxford Dictionaries 'Use fewer if you’re referring to people or things in the plural (e.g. houses, newspapers, dogs, students, children).…

On Writing: David Ogilvy

On September 7th, 1982, Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write”: The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well. Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and…

Dorothy Parker: On Writing

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist. Taken from The Paris Review interview by Marion Capron How do you actually write out a story? It takes me six months to do a story. I think it out and then write it sentence…

Abstract Nouns

What is a noun? A noun is a naming word. It identifies people, places, or things. According to Merriam-Webster, it is 'a word that is the name of something (such as a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, or action) and is typically used in…

Brackets – Explained

There are two main types of brackets: 1. Round Brackets (also called parentheses)  a.) Round brackets are used to separate information that isn’t essential to the meaning of the rest of the sentence. If you removed the bracketed material the sentence would still make sense. Examples: Mount Everest…

The Top 10 Writer’s Block Quotes

1. Writer’s block? I’ve heard of this. This is when a writer cannot write, yes? Then that person isn’t a writer anymore. I’m sorry, but the job is getting up in the fucking morning and writing for a living. ~Warren Ellis 2. I learned to…