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Maggie Balistreri

Maggie Balistreri

There is no third entity called the relationship.

"Honey, we need to talk about the relationship."

"I just don't feel like I'm getting what I want from the relationship."

"Sometimes I think I put more into the relationship than I'm getting back."


Tony Donovan

Tony Donovan
Would it make any sense to suggest -- and is there any corroboration -- that, today, terrorists speak and write in Arabic in part to shield their odious plots from the English speaking, few of whom know the Arabic language well? Though most people speak English in the Gulf, Arabic is becoming, we might say, the argot of the terrorist.


Ken Bresler

Ken Bresler

A simple way to improve your writing is to avoid using nominalizations. A nominalization is a device of grammar that turns verbs into nouns. For example, the nominalization "give consideration to" can and should be "consider." "Make provision for" can and should be "provide."

I can think of six reasons to avoid nominalizations.



The January issue of The Vocabula Review is due online January 19.


 

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