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Help With Confusing Words
ShareAdvanced via GIPHY This funny GIF is a reminder that it is easy to confuse certain common words. To avoid upsetting Ross like Rachel did, take a look below: You're means you are. (This word is a contraction.) Your means something belongs to you. (This ...

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Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #5
Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #5 The distinction between these two words is minimal, but the word essential is more often used when a stronger meaning is required. If a doctor tells you that quitting sm...

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Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #4
Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #4 Ingenious is from the Latin ingenium meaning inborn talent or natural quality. Ingenuous is from the Latin ingenuus meaning simple, honest, childlike, or trusting. One w...

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Today's the last day to win a $10. gift card for TpT from my store. #teachersfollowteachers   #teacherspayteachers   #simplestepstosentencesense  

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Valentine's Day TpT Gift Card Contest
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contest for a Valentine’s Day gift from Charlene Tess at Simple
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use for anything in the TeachersPayTeachers store, follow these simple rules: (Hurry! The contest ends at...

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Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #3
Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #3 Stationery is the word to use for notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, and other necessary writing materials. Stationary is the word for standing still. It is oft...

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Judi and I agree with Anne Lamott. The novels that we write have happy or at least satisfying endings.

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Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #2
Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #2 Prescribe means to lay down a rule or to write a script for medication. Proscribe means to forbid. To use these words correctly, think of prescribe as "to dictate" and p...

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Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #1
Get Your Word's Worth and Say Exactly What You Mean Word Choice Creative Writing Tip #1 Infectious is from the Latin  inficere  and means to taint. (An infectious disease is spread by agencies such as air and water.) Contagious is from the Latin  tangere  a...
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