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Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod is a highly qualified secondary English Language Arts Instructor who brings a diverse educational background to her classroom. With degrees in science, English, and literacy, she has worked to create cross-curricular materials to bridge learning gaps and help students focus on effective writing and speech techniques. Currently working as a dual credit technical writing instructor at a Career and Technical Education Center, her curriculum development surrounds student focus on effective communication for future career choices.

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The Ampersand (&) – How and When to Use It

The ampersand used to be part of the alphabet and has been used since the Roman Empire. It is a symbol that replaces the word “and” and is often used as part of an official name or in various forms of informal writing.  Despite its longevity in the written language, there is still quite a bit of confusion concerning its use. We explain the history of this symbol and how you can use it appropriately in your writing. The History …

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How to Use Cannot See the Forest for the Trees Correctly

To say the idiom cannot see the forest for the trees means that a person or organization cannot see the big picture because the focus is too much on the details. It would be like someone needing to paint an entire house in one day, but spending half the day on picking out the right color. Origin of the Term The first known publication of a form of the term dates back to a Renaissance proverb collection written by John Heywood in …

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Agreement Vs Agreeance – Which Is Correct?

Abstract nouns are strange and can make you question the use of certain words in the English Language. The word agreeance is such a word, and you may be wondering why or how it is supposed to be used when you could use the word agreement instead.  An agreement is an understanding, a compromise to get two sides to find common ground. For things to be in agreement, they are harmonious or do not contradict each other. Agreeance is the …

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Finite Verbs – Definition and Examples

The English language can be complex, especially when trying to use all parts of speech correctly. That’s why you might be confused when you learn that a verb is not just a verb but can also take on various responsibilities in a sentence that you need to use correctly in both writing and speech.  Take a look at what a finite verb is, how it is used, and how it differs from a non-finite verb. The following examples can help …

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The noun/adjective is one word (or hyphenated). The verb is two words.