Common and Proper Nouns
Common and Proper Nouns

The English word “noun” comes from the Latin nomen, meaning “name.” We use nouns to name something, that is, a person, animal, object, place, action, or abstract idea, such as an event or quality (boy, koala, block, farm, invasion, or kindness). Nouns can be defined more precisely by the other words that go with them. In particular, nouns often have the definite article "the" in front of them.

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The Preposition Proposition
The Preposition Proposition

Prepositions: ESL writers are endlessly frustrated by these small but significant words, and it’s no wonder—there are more of them in English than in any other language! But don’t give up your writing ambitions just yet; our ESL editing and proofreading experts are here to help.

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Parts of Speech: Pronouns
Parts of Speech: Pronouns

Are pesky pronouns causing you grief in your ESL English writing? Relax—our ESL editing and proofreading experts are here to help explain this troublesome part of speech.

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Essay Writing Help
Essay Writing Help

You've created the blueprint for a perfect paper: outlined the framework, devised a great thesis statement and located enough evidence to support your argument. What remains to be done, is to analyze those facts in original and intriguing ways.

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How to Improve Essay Writing Skills
How to Improve Essay Writing Skills

If you've been told time and time again that you express great ideas in your essay writing but your writing needs polishing, you aren't alone. The following tips will help improve your writing skills and turn you into a great writer.

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Homophones: Do You Mean There, Their, or They're?
Homophones: Do You Mean There, Their, or They're?

If you find yourself making common ESL mistakes, it's OK. English is one of the hardest languages to learn. Being such a blend of original language sources has led to a kaleidoscope of peculiar spellings for English words and the creation of several hundred homophones.

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The Rules of Capitalization
The Rules of Capitalization

Capitalization in English entails quite a bit more than simply knowing to begin names and titles with capital letters. Our editors will guide you through the quagmire that is capitalization.

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Quotation Marks: When to Use Double or Single Quotation Marks
Quotation Marks: When to Use Double or Single Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are often confusing to ESL writers unfamiliar with English grammar and punctuation rules. When to use double or single quotation marks is even trickier. However, there's no need to be embarrassed—these upside down commas sometimes confuse even the most seasoned English writers!

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Editing or Proofreading?
Editing or Proofreading?

It's common for many people, including business professionals and first-time Scribendi.com clients, to be a bit unclear about the differences between editing and proofreading.

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Hyphenation: Are You Confused?
Hyphenation: Are You Confused?

Are hyphens causing havoc in your humanities papers? Have dashes destroyed your dissertation? Don't let punctuation puzzle you any longer; we are here to help.

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