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Uses of Who, That, Which

Rule 1. Who and sometimes that refer to people. That and which refer to groups or things. Examples:Anya is the one who rescued the bird.“The Man That Got Away” is a great song with a grammatical title.Lokua is on the team that won first place.She belongs to a great organization, which specializes in saving endangered species. Rule 2a. That introduces what is called an essential clause (also known as a restrictive or defining …

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Grammar Tips Effective Writing

Rule 1. Use concrete rather than vague language. Vague: The weather was of an extreme nature on the West Coast.This sentence raises frustrating questions: When did this extreme weather occur? What does “of an extreme nature” mean? Where on the West Coast did this take place? Concrete: California had unusually cold weather last …

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14 Character Archetypes to Help You Build a Strong Character Cast

Using character archetypes in your book is a great way to ensure you have a diverse cast with specific roles. Because without good characters…your readers won’t find a good reason to keep reading… The character development of your story can make the biggest difference in hooking real fans for life…and losing readers …

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What Do Adverbs Modify?

An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a whole sentence (Fortunately, I had brought an umbrella). Adverbs often end in -ly, but some (such as fast) look exactly the same as their adjective …

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What Are Adjectives?

Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast. They can also describe the quantity of nouns: many, few, millions, eleven. Adjectives Modify Nouns Most students learn that adjectives are words that modify (describe) nouns. Adjectives do not modify verbs or adverbs or …

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