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What Is Syntax? And Why Is It Important?

Grammar  /  Usage  /  Writing  /  Usage
Jan 24, 2024 - Melissa MacAulay

We’ve all heard it before: “Words are the building blocks of language.” Writers understand this better than anyone, as they are all too aware – someti...


Review of Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar

Sep 12, 2023 - Melissa MacAulay

Going only by the title and back blurb, my very first impression of Kiss My Asterisk by Jenny Baranick (Skyhorse, 2014) was that I am its ideal reader...


TEC Roundup: Our 6 Most-Visited Blogs in 2021

Nov 17, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Well, 2021 is coming to an end (where did the year go, exactly?), and as 2022 approaches, it’s hard not to look back on the past year and think about ...


Everyday Proofreading and Punctuation Marks: What Do They Mean and How Are They Used?

Oct 13, 2021 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Pretty much everyone uses punctuation marks in their day-to-day life, whether it’s in texts, emails, professional communications, business writing, le...


Ryerson’s Publishing Program: Insights and Inspirations from Two of TEC’s Editors

Jun 02, 2021 - Ronnie Morris & Samantha Rohrig

Ryerson University’s Publishing Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!    Founded in 1990, the Certificate in Publishing is the larg...


Active vs. Passive Voice: Understanding How and Why They Work

Apr 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Although there are some who would advocate for a world free of passive-voice constructions, an all-out ban on this wrongfully maligned verbal form wou...


Resources and Tips to Help Editors Stay Current

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Usage
Mar 17, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Like any profession, editorial work involves keeping up with how professional standards and tools of the trade change over time. Unlike aviation stand...


The Nuts and Bolts of Strong Prose: Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Usage
Dec 02, 2020 - Laura Cameron

Punctuation marks are the signposts of prose. They indicate what’s important and where to pause. They add rhythm to your sentences. They help your rea...


4 Handy Tips: A Punctuation Primer

Sep 23, 2020 - Melissa MacAulay

We thought we would repost former TEC Editor Melissa’s blog this week to help us review four of the most common punctuation-related errors or inconsis...


Midterm Madness: A Primer on How to Format Your APA Academic Paper

Nov 20, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

November has rolled around again, which can only mean one thing (for students, anyway): midterms and papers are coming up and will be due before the w...


Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: Tips on Using Them Effectively

Sep 24, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

As anyone who edits (or writes) non-fiction knows, few things are as frustratingly difficult to keep straight as acronyms and initialisms. Two weeks a...


Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: The Almost Impossible Task of Keeping Them Consistent

Sep 11, 2019 - Ronnie Morris

It has been considered a usual style to shorten words in order to save time or space for some time now. Some of us will remember acronyms and initiali...


The Online World of Grammar and Usage: Reliable Online Editorial Resources

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style
Jul 31, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Although you’re unlikely to find many writers or editors willing to give up the hard copies of their dictionaries or style and usage guides, working a...


The Value of Having Your Thesis or Dissertation Edited by a Professional Editor

Apr 25, 2019 - Melissa MacAulay, Guest Blogger

Having your thesis or dissertation edited by a professional editor can be an incredibly valuable investment. After all, a graduate degree is typically...


How to Use the Semicolon to Connect Your Thoughts & Clarify Your Meaning

Apr 16, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

As an icebreaker activity in one of my publishing courses, a teacher asked us to give our names, what we liked to read for fun, and what our favourite...


Possessives: Some Basic Rules on Using “s” and an Apostrophe

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style
Mar 20, 2019 - Jonathan Adjemian

The most common mistakes with grammar often involve seemingly simple things. In English, possession is indicated using an apostrophe and, usually, an ...


To Friend or Unfriend? The Evolution of Nouns into Verbs

Mar 06, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

In 2009, “unfriend” was the Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, leading to teeth-gnashing of grammar purists across the world. How could th...


Tidying-Up Your Academic Writing: The Magic of the Reverse Outline

Jan 24, 2019 - Melissa MacAulay

January is the time of year when we begin hearing from students who need help with their dissertations, theses, and papers. To help them out, we're re...


The Online World of Grammar and Usage: Reliable Online Editorial Resources

Jan 16, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Although you’re unlikely to find many writers or editors willing to give up the hard copies of their dictionaries or style and usage guides, working a...


3 Ways Editors Can Keep Current

Jul 01, 2015 - Melissa MacAulay

At this year's EAC conference, a major theme was professional development and keeping up-to-date. Just as a physicist must keep abreast of advances an...


Debatable Grammar: Impact as a Verb

Sep 02, 2010 - Nadine Bachan

In last week’s blog, Camille mentioned her disdain for the use of the word “impact” as a verb. You’re definitely not in a on...


Crash Blossoms: Headlines Gone Wrong

Aug 05, 2010 - Shealah Stratton

Crash blossoms: Headlines Gone Wrong Shealah Stratton   What’s a crash blossom, you ask? Ben Zimmer wrote an article about the phenome...