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Commonly Confused Words: Hanged and Hung

A pair where for the longest time, I’d try to find other words instead of having to figure out which one is correct.

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“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.” Robert McKee

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Second person writing puts the focus on the reader. It is used for giving advice and directions. Second person is “you, your.”

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First person writing puts the focus on the author. It is used for personal writing and personal narratives. First person is “I, me, my, we, our, us.”

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Commonly Confused Words: Use and Utilize

Yet another pair of words where the distinction probably doesn’t matter much. But I like precision, so: what is the difference between use and utilize?

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A thesis statement is an answer to a research question.

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Info in a paraphrase can be re-arranged. Info in a summary must stay in the same order as the original.

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“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.” Benjamin Disraeli

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A summary is when you condense a large amount of info into just a sentence or two. You might summarize an entire book or movie, for example.

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A paraphrase is rewriting someone else’s ideas in your own words. A paraphrase should be about the same length as the original.

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