Friday, February 25, 2011

Have you noticed lately that few people are really good writers? It seems that those who come to this country and study English end up becoming better writers than those who were born here!

It may be the prevalance of texting or the fact that the average person is not reading a daily newspaper or a book often enough. College instructors often complain that their students aren't even reading the assigned chapters. Reading less often deprives one of opportunities to observe proper sentence construction, good use of language, and more. Hopefully, the use of Kindle and other devices for reading e-books on the go will motivate more people, especially the younger generation, to start reading again. We can only hope.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Tip # 641: State abbreviations and proofreading

Tip #641: State abbreviations and proofreading

As eight states in the U.S. begin with the letter 'M' and four begin with the letter 'A,' it is easy to make a mistake when writing state abbreviations. Do not assume that the abbreviation consists of the state's first two letters.

Here are the state abbreviations for the ones that often get confused.

Maine ME
Maryland MD
Massachusetts MA
Michigan MI
Minnesota MN
Mississippi MS
Missouri MO
Montana MT

Alaska AK
Alabama AL
Arizona AZ
Arkansas AR

Proofread addresses carefully, especially place names. An error in a single keystroke could create confusion, especially when cities with the same names are located in different states in the U.S.

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