What Are the Top Writing Style Guides?

What Are the Top Writing Style Guides

Working on a paper? Writing for a blog like EditorNinja’s? Maybe you have a large dissertation or thesis due. Chances are, you’ve been told to adhere to a specific style guide, like AP or MLA.  What is a style guide? A style guide tells writers how to cite their sources, format their pieces, and so … Read more

Steal vs. Steel — What’s the Difference

Steal vs. Steel — What’s the Difference

Steal and steel — two words that are easily confused. These homophones (words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings) trip up many people, much like the most commonly confused words! Though they look similar and sound the same, they are not interchangeable. “To steal” is to take something without permission, while “steel” … Read more

Farther vs. Further — What’s the Difference?

Farther vs. Further — What’s the Difference?

Farther and further are two similar words with similar meanings. Both suggest distance or degree, but, like many other This-or-That words, there is a subtle difference! Farther is for physical distance, while further is used for metaphorical distance or degree. Though confusing the two is easy, this article outlines the differences and when to use … Read more

The Six Best Proofreading Services for 2024

The Six Best Proofreading Services for 2024

Have you ever written a document, hit the “submit” button, and then worried that something may be wrong with it? A misspelling, a typo, the wrong it’s/its? These errors can confuse or, worse, a lack of confidence among your readers. In fact, 78% of survey respondents said they’d be less likely to buy from a … Read more

What Is an Adverb? Definition and Examples

Adverbs are words that modify or describe verbs. They may also modify adjectives, other adverbs, and entire sentences. Many of them end in -ly, such as “happily,” “lazily”, or “loudly.” Not all do though, such as “sometimes,” “soon,” or “often.” What Is an Adverb? The adverb is a part of speech that helps us to … Read more

What Is a Conjunction? Examples and Uses

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Ah, the parts of speech—the categories we place words into. Depending on which grammarian you ask, there are either eight or nine parts of speech. Nouns, for example, are things, people, places, and ideas. Verbs are action words, like go and walk and reciprocate.  But what about some of the words that seem to connect … Read more

A New, Faster EditorNinja

Sometimes, you just have to dig in and do work. A couple of weeks ago, I was on a call with an agency customer who needed to pause their work with us because their client had cut back on the content work they were doing together. This is a fairly (all too, if I’m honest) … Read more

Words of Negation – Examples and Uses

Words of negation are words that help us distinguish between fact and fiction, truth and untruth. Words of negation, like not and none allow us to form opposites in our speech and our writing. They let us say that something is not true, is not the case. In this article, I’ll review words of negation … Read more

Into vs. On: What’s the Difference?

Prepositions can be tricky. Often their differences are subtle. These little words tell us when and where things happen. They show us location and time—above, along, in, around, before, during, after, for example.  Into and on are two prepositions that can be easy to mix up. When do you say “into something” vs. “on something”?  … Read more

Why Your Marketing Investments Aren’t Paying Off

The Minimum Amount of Content a Business Should Create This past week, I spent a few days in Playa del Carmen with the Dynamite Circle, an entrepreneur group I’m a member of. I had some interesting conversations while there, and I wanted to share one of them with you. It was with an entrepreneur based … Read more

Metonymy vs. Synecdoche: What’s the Difference?

Metonymy Vs. Synecdoche_ What’s The Difference

Metonymy and synecdoche are two related figures of speech in which one thing is meant to represent another.  Metonymy is when we talk about something by referring to something related to it — for example, when we say “the White House” to mean “the president and their administration/staff.”  Synecdoche is a type of metonymy that … Read more

Insure vs. Ensure vs. Assure: What’s the Difference and When to Use Each

Insure Vs. Ensure Vs. Assure

These three words — insure, ensure, and assure — look and sound close but have different meanings. They are often misused interchangeably. But don’t fear! I assure you, this article will set you straight, ensuring you don’t mix them up ever again.  In a nutshell, “insure” means to protect against financial loss, “ensure” means to … Read more

What Are Transition Words?

What Are Transition Words?

Transition words are like bridges between ideas—they help the reader travel from one idea to another. Additionally, sometimes we use transition phrases, made up of multiple words. You may remember some transition words or phrases from your grade school days: “For example,” “furthermore,” and “in conclusion” being some of the most common. These phrases can … Read more

“SEO Content” – What It Is and Why Businesses Need It

“SEO Content” What It Is And Why Businesses Need It

Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I (John) hate the term “SEO Content.” But, because it’s become common language in the content and digital marketing world, I’ve leaned into using it here to avoid wasting time swimming against the tide, which is exhausting and counter-productive with things like personal preference.  I’ve … Read more

Compliment vs Complement: What’s the Difference?

Compliment Vs Complement_ What’s The Difference

There’s a key difference between “compliment” and “complement.” While these two words are often misunderstood and used incorrectly by writers, having a firm grasp of their differences is essential to mastering the nuances of the English language and producing great content.  If you don’t want to make the rookie mistake of using “compliment” when you … Read more

Then vs. Than: The Difference and When to Use Each

“Then” and “than” – these two little words can cause big headaches for even the most seasoned writers. They sound alike, and you may think they’re interchangeable. They are not!  “Then” explains a relationship to time, while “than” is used for making comparisons. They are among some of the most commonly confused words. But don’t … Read more