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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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Neither or Either – What’s the Difference?

Neither and either are two words in the English language that will put your language skills to the test. Not only can their definition and use be challenging to native English speakers, but they can also be challenging for anyone trying to learn the language.  Our guide below defines each …

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What Does The Abbreviation A.K.A. or AKA Mean?

Curious about why you sometimes see the term a.k.a and aka used interchangeably? Wondering which one is correct, or if you have been writing it all wrong? No worries, both are correct as long as you stay consistent, and we’ll explain those differences below so you can decide which might …

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Indian Summer – Origin & Definition

If you’ve ever watched the news, checked a weather forecast, or glanced at a climate meme, you’ve most likely seen the term “Indian Summer” used to describe a warm weather period that generally occurs after the first frost. Despite the description being used less in the last few years, it …

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Homonyms – Definition, Examples and Worksheet

The English language is riddled with confusing sentence structure and words that sound alike but have different meanings. This can be frustrating and confusing for an English language learner or even a young child.  Homonyms are one set of words that can be easily confused. Still, when you know these …

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En Dash vs. Em Dash vs. Hyphen – How to Properly Use Them

A dash is a dash is a dash unless it is a hyphen, correct?  You aren’t alone if you are confused and use a dash and a hyphen interchangeably (or thought they were the same thing). Unfortunately, the en dash, em dash, and hyphen are often incorrectly used due to …

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The Interrobang Punctuation Mark(‽) – How to Use it Properly

An interrobang is a punctuation mark that consists of an exclamation point and a question mark superimposed on top of one another. You may never have heard of an interrobang, but it was first introduced in the 1960s and continues to add both a questioning and surprised tone to sentences …

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Bob’s Your Uncle Meaning and Origin

The decidedly lighthearted British phrase, Bob’s your uncle, is commonly seen at the end of sentences that provide simple instructions, but what does it mean? The English use it quite often as an exclamatory term, but it’s gained recognition in the United States through international sports broadcasting. Despite its rise …

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Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether – What’s the Difference?

Is it weather or whether or not? And what is a whether? If you struggle with the spelling and use of these homonyms, you aren’t alone. All three, despite having the same pronunciation, mean very different things. Let’s look at their definitions and meanings so you better understand how to …

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Desert vs. Dessert – When to Use Each One

Is it one S or two? When it comes to the words desert and dessert, most people struggle with the spelling, not the definition. It’s easy to know if you want to order a slice of cake for dessert versus whether you want to learn more about desert animals, but …

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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, …

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