WRITING: AS CLEAR AS A BELL, AS WELL July 20, 2017...

WRITING:  AS CLEAR AS A BELL, AS WELL                                         July 20, 2017 Hello, fans of writing and grammar! Welcome back! A couple of weeks ago, I said that in recent years “as” has often been used incorrectly in writing with or without punctuation, as the case may be, to indicate an addition or a comparison and that we would cover those issues regarding “as” very soon. Let’s gain a better understanding of how to use “as” and whether (and how) to punctuate around it. To that end, examples and brief explanations follow.  (Yes, we’ve actually seen such examples of incorrect usage and much more!)   Comparison:  Comma NOT needed with “as well.” Wrong:  You sing as well, as he does.  You sing, as well as, he does.  You sing, as well as he does. Correct:  You sing as well as he does.  [He sings well. So do you.] See why no comma is needed in that correct usage?   Addition (Like “too,” “also,” “In addition”/”Additionally”):  Comma IS needed with “as well.” Wrong:  The judge could award joint custody as well. Correct: (a)  The judge could award joint custody, as well.  [The judge could award joint custody, too.  The judge could award joint custody, also.  The judge also could award...

WRITING: EDITING FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS...

WRITING:  EDITING FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS                        July 14, 2017   Editing goes hand in hand with writing and speaking. It is NOT only about using the text that you see–recommending corrections, improvements, rephrasings, completions, clarifications, better word choices, etc. It’s also about reading between the lines for what may be there that should not be and for what is not there that should be.   SUBTLETIES As a part of that, reading the text aloud can reveal subtle or not-so-subtle tones and nuances that may have sneaked their way into your writing and need to be fixed. A tone may need to be lessened, for example, from bossy or nasty to one of requesting or encouraging. Specifics may help, too. Example: From:  I need that letter on my desk by 3 p.m. To:  Please give your proposed letter to me by 2:30 so that I can review it and have a final copy ready for our department’s 4 p.m. meeting. That way, the boss will be happy with both of us.   Or, a tone may need to be strengthened from wimpy to nicely firm.  Example: From: If it isn’t too much trouble, do you think you might be able to move your car from the end of the driveway...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON: July 14, 2017...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON: July 14, 2017   GREAT NEWS! Dancing with the Stars just earned 7 Emmy Award nominations: 1-5:  “Outstanding” Costumes, Makeup, Hairstyling, Lighting,   Camera/Video Costumes for Variety Nonfiction or Reality Programming, Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (non-prosthetic) Technical Direction, Camera Work, Video Control for a Series   6-7:  “Outstanding Choreography”! Derek Hough, “Kairos” Mandy Moore, “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells” We all know that everything Derek does is fabulous and that certain of his choreographies are absolutely mind blowing. What he accomplishes gives tribute to the stunning training that he (along with sister Julianne and Mark Ballas) received as children in Europe. He really deserves to win! And I don’t say that to take anything away from the awesome Mandy Moore. She, too, has become a dance legend in her own right. You don’t get chosen to choreograph for an entire show of a dozen or more dancers by not having your ducks in the best row possible. Both of these nominees are truly amazing and deserving. I’m not sure about your level of excitement, but I can’t wait to see whether one...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017 It’s official! Julianne Hough married Brooks Laich and Peta married Maksim Chmerkovskiy, both this past Saturday, July 8. Peta and Maks had advertised for many months that they would have a big and fancy wedding, and they did; they tied the knot at Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY. Can you imagine? An actual castle! “US Weekly” covered it. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Julianne and Brooks exchanged vows very simply in a field adjacent to Coeur D’Alene Lake in Idaho. “People” Magazine was there for this one. Both sound lovely, and you might find photos and narrative on them at those Web sites. Word #1 is that the brides’ dresses, arrangements, locations, etc. suited their personalities perfectly. Word #2 is that because Peta and Julianne run in different circles, there was very little difficulty about which well-wishers would go where. Of course, Val and Jenna attended Peta and Maksim’s wedding and showed some PDAs in the process. Will Carrie Ann be next? We hope to learn her and Robb’s plans soon. Not too long after that, I’d like to hear whether Emma and Sasha have reached some decisions for their own special wedding plans. Which pro(s) get your vote(s)...

WRITING: Are We Almost There? July 6, 2017...

WRITING:  Are We Almost There?                                          July 6, 2017   Are “almost” and “nearly” interchangeable in writing and speaking? I don’t think I ever heard anyone say “nearly” when I was growing up. Instead, as far as I can recall, everyone said “almost.” Of course, down the line in my education I learned about its similarity to “almost.” I must admit it: “Almost” is the first word I think of whenever I’m mentioning not quite getting there. To many of us their definitions are identical. So, are they interchangeable? Most of the time. The differences seem to come regionally and in people’s educational levels and social standing. “Nearly” seems to be more sophisticated. Using one versus the other really is not a big deal, though. You can take it from here.   Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus.    ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017   Hi, again, Dancing With The Stars fans! I originally published this post on June 30 (except for the new Maria Menounos story that I just added), but I just discovered that it somehow was not distributed by the agency (another post must have knocked it out of the lineup). Here you go! Sometimes-pro Karina Smirnoff was at the Millennium Dance Sport Championships in Orlando this week. I like to see her back on Dancing With The Stars now and then. Judge Bruno Tonioli has been in London; says it’s hot there. It seems that Val and Jenna, too, are vacationing in Europe this week. Maks and Peta had lots of fun on their first father’s day with baby Shai. Peta says that Maks is the best dad and that they love their family sweat/workout sessions together. Reminder: They’ll get married next Saturday, July 8! Derek has been in Nantucket, RI this week and lovin’ it. He’ll have plenty to do at sister Julianne’s wedding next Saturday. One of Gleb and Elena’s favorite places is a horse farm in Sydney, Australia. She’s 34 weeks pregnant; so, probably due in July. On Tues., June 27, Dancing With The Stars host Tom...

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