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Results For: grammar

  Bonnie Trenga will be your hostess with the mostest today, because we’re looking at how to make comparisons using adjectives and adverbs. When you want to modify a noun, is it OK to stick a “more” or a “most” in front (or a “less” or a...
- August 08, 2008
Today’s topic is taking care of clichés. Clichés can be a writer’s worst enemy, and the reader usually doesn’t like clichés much either. Writers from Jonathan Swift to George Orwell have ranted against the cliché like it was the Devil tempting an innocent seminary...
- August 05, 2008
Today’s topic is whether the phrase “have got” is good English or not. And now, Bonnie Trenga (author of this week's show) answers an e-mail from a listener, Lee, who says, “A pet peeve of mine is the frequent use of the ‘have got’ phrase, such as...
- August 01, 2008
Arrr, matey! Welcome ta Green Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for an Earth Friendly Life! It's time for the episode ye all be waitin' forr. This one's for all ye eco-pirates out therr! Today we gonna be talkin' about the three R's. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But first, don't forget to sail down to...
- July 31, 2008
Today’s topic is “How to Use Attributives” Dialogue is hard to write and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Getting characters to have individual voices has caused more sleepless nights than too much coffee late in the day. Once the dialogue sounds right and reads...
- July 25, 2008
Hi, and welcome to the Make-It-Green Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for an Earth Friendly Life. In today's episode, I'm going to give you some more helpful tips about how to rid your community of plastic bags, as well as some success stories to give you a little inspiration. But first, I want to...
- July 24, 2008
  This episode concerns your future: whether you should use shall or will. Bonnie Trenga (who wrote this week's show) writes, there are two sets of rules: the stickler version and the people’s version. There is also the British version and the American version. Shall in Britain...
- July 22, 2008
A universal truth in sales is Salespeople hate gate keepers. This week I have some quick and dirty tips for dealing with gate keepers. Last week while I was training my new assistant and reviewing her responsibilities, she asked me how she should handle calls from salespeople. By the look on her...
- July 21, 2008
Today we’re pleased to have guest writer Trent Armstrong’s help answering a listener’s question. Pam writes: When answering a call at the office and the caller asks for a co-worker or your boss, is it still polite to ask for the name of the person [who] is calling? It used to be...
- July 21, 2008
Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting. This week I’m excited to introduce my first guest writer. Nicole Luckett is a member of the MOMS Club and one of the people I go to when I’m having parenting struggles of...
- July 19, 2008
First, a disclaimer: Although I am an attorney, the legal information in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Further, I do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship with any...
- July 19, 2008
  Today's topic is how hit the right tone when you give characters accents and dialects. To flavor a novel and provide authenticity, authors often use dialect in their written dialogue. But the use of dialect in writing is tricky, and if you don't use care and sensitivity, it may...
- July 18, 2008
Today's topic is which pronoun to use after the word "than, as in "Nobody is more excited about the Grammar Girl book than I!"Or is it "than me"? Listen up because Charles Carson is going to explain. A few years ago around Easter, I saw a television ad for...
- July 11, 2008
Today’s topic is the difference between the words loan and lend. Bonnie Trenga, who wrote this week's show, writes, Traditionally, lend is the verb and loan is the noun. I'll have a memory trick for you at the end. British Rules This rule is still true in Britain, but not in...
- July 08, 2008
We’re very pleased to welcome guest writer Trent Armstrong to our show, who will help us out today with tips for being a safer and more polite cyclist. Cycling. This delicate dance of wind and gears would be beautiful if we didn't have to share the road with big, gas guzzling cars. And...
- July 07, 2008

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