August 18, 2012

Weekly Finds: August 18, 2012

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Every week, we’ll be sharing a list of posts, stories, news, or opinions that we've run across the Internet during the past week or two. We won't be discussing them in detail here, but we do encourage you to check them out as they could contain valuable ideas and insights for your IELTS exam.

If you're ready, here we go...

The Lightning Bug vs. the Lightning

Here’s what the great American writer Mark Twain wrote about the importance of choosing the correct word: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

Basic Rules of Punctuation

We'll direct you to guidelines for correctly using the most common marks of punctuation: periods, question marks, exclamation points, commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, apostrophes, and quotation marks.


Read the authors discussion on the use of semicolons.

How You Write Matters

What you write is a proxy for who you are, and careless and sloppy writing reflects strongly on the impression the acceptance committee or reviewers will have of you.

5 Smart Ways To Improve Your Writing Skills

The author provides simple yet effective tips on improving your writing significantly.

Everything You'll Ever Need to Know About Language

The author shares some pieces of advice for those aspiring to use the English language while fending off the grammar critics.

And: The Rule That Never Was

Is starting a sentence with the word "and" wrong?

Top Four Guidelines for Using Commas Effectively

The author reminds us that these are only guidelines. There are no unbreakable rules for using commas.

The Problem with Plurals

The problem lies squarely with foreign loan words and the people who insist on using them correctly.

Who vs. Whom: The Official Guide

The rules for when to use “who” and when to use “whom” are based on the distinction between subject and object.

The strawberry and the bear – Let’s make anagrams!

Why would you spend your precious time making anagrams? Well, this could be a way for you to improve your vocabulary.

37 essential rules of writing

Grammar rules/misused words—or common mistakes that virtually all of us make at some point or another.

Are You Good?

Read about the author's findings on the origins and uses of this expression.

Are you FOR sure about that?

Check if this expression is correct.

Top 20 Figures of Speech

The author focuses on 20 of the common figures of speech.