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Matt Cogswell

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Hello, kids. Hello in particular to my students who may be reading this. I hope you are writing daily and enjoying your days. I may not often contribute to this site, but I am always considering what I tend to write about, which is language. As always, I appreciate my faithful followers.

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  • Frequent Writing (And Speaking) Mistakes
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    Frequent Writing (And Speaking) Mistakes

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. As I've been going about my life's adventures, I've been jotting down mistakes I've heard or read in various public settings. The intent of this article is not to shame or sound pompous, but to get us...

  • Resting and Recharging Your Creative Battery
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    Resting and Recharging Your Creative Battery

    18 months ago

    This article offers nine tips for replenishing the well of creativity when it just won't flow!

  • The Importance of Establishing a Routine
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    The Importance of Establishing a Routine

    3 years ago

    Hello, kids. A friend and fellow writer and I were having a brief text conversation about writing. I had mentioned that I am behind on one of my deadlines. She responded with, "At least you have deadlines."...

  • Top Five Language-Related Pet Peeves
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    Top Five Language-Related Pet Peeves

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. I try to be open-minded when it comes to language. I make mistakes and am humble when those mistakes are noticed. There are words that I have to look up for their spelling every time; I can never properly...

  • Writing Tidbits
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    Writing Tidbits

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. Outside of some final paperwork, I have finished teaching my composition course. It was an enjoyable time span for me as I got to read some wonderful work from "non-writers" and share some of my...

  • Common Resume Mistakes
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    Common Resume Mistakes

    2 months ago

    A teacher can tell you right off what you will need to fix on your resume.

  • A Brief Reflection on Writing from an Amateur Writer
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    A Brief Reflection on Writing from an Amateur Writer

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. This one is different from my usual hubs, which tend to mostly be about good grammar. I have an editorial quandary, or perhaps I have already made up my mind. I started contributing to hubpages for a...

  • Comma Abuse
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    Comma Abuse

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. Today in class we looked at an entire chapter on the usage of commas. I started out the chapter by saying that most of the material in the chapter will be review. For frequent readers of my hubpages, past...

  • Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
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    Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. The word "modifier" (or modified) gets thrown around a lot when teaching grammar. Essentially, it refers to anytime a word or phrase is altered. Most of the time we modify a word intentionally....

  • Apostrophes: Use and Misuse
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    Apostrophes: Use and Misuse

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. There is a reason why the word 'catastrophe' and 'apostrophe' look so similar. So many people misuse them. Entire chapters of grammar books are dedicated to the topic. I hope to get my main points about...

  • Conjunctions
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    Conjunctions

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. In the 1970s, Schoolhouse Rocks taught grammar, among other topics, in a fun, musical fashion. If you are not familiar with "Conjunction Junction," I suggest you look it up immediately. I'll...

  • P-DRE: The Writing Process
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    P-DRE: The Writing Process

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. Last night I performed an interesting ritual. I looked at all of my books that I have collected over the years and separated them by broad genre - children's and young adult literature, books that remind...

  • Plagiarism: The Bastard Child of Education
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    Plagiarism: The Bastard Child of Education

    2 years ago

    Hello, kids. As an educator who has spent years harnessing his craft through education and experience, there is nothing that irritates me more than when a student plagiarizes. I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment....

  • Nonstandard American English (I coulda been a contenda.)
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    Nonstandard American English (I coulda been a contenda.)

    2 years ago

     Good morning, kids. I'm hoping the rain won't make me too much of an English prude as I explore the ever-fun concept of nonstandard English. Before I even begin, I acknowledge that we all have lazy days in our...

  • Indefinite, Vague, and Reflexive Pronouns
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    Indefinite, Vague, and Reflexive Pronouns

    2 years ago

     Okay, kids. We're going to talk about pronouns again. Come back here. Okay, so today I want to focus on three sub-categories of pronouns: (see title). Let's start with perhaps the most confusing -...

  • Presentation Basics
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    Presentation Basics

    2 years ago

     Okay, kids. I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I thought I would go a different direction today and talk about presentations. When I ask my classes who fears getting up in front of the class, there is...

  • Commonly Confused Words
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    Commonly Confused Words

    2 years ago

     Hello, kids. I was online yesterday looking at a particular website's section for advertising and requesting tutoring. This one ad, seemingly placed by a parent of a child, twice misused the word...

  • Nouns (Two mouses were eating my foots while two mans knocked out my teeths)
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    Nouns (Two mouses were eating my foots while two mans knocked out my teeths)

    2 years ago

     Okay, kids. It's July 1, and it feels appropriate to start at the "beginning." Most texts on English grammar begin with nouns. Let's be boring and be like them. Not. However, it will be our content. ...

  • Memoir Writing
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    Memoir Writing

    2 years ago

    Okay, kids. How are you doing today? Are you happy it's Monday? I'll be happy when Monday is through. So... I've decided to make this one about memoir writing. I have been completely obsessed with the idea of memoir...

  • "Mines" is Not a Possessive Pronoun
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    "Mines" is Not a Possessive Pronoun

    2 years ago

     Okay, kids. Today we're going to talk about possessive pronouns. As you remember, a pronoun is used to replace a noun, to avoid stating the noun ad nauseum. If it is possessive, break up with it immediately. If it...

  • Hoo, Witch, and Dat
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    Hoo, Witch, and Dat

    2 years ago

     Okay, kids. (I call everybody 'kids,' regardless of their age. I currently teach adults, but I still call them kids. When I taught kids, I addressed them as 'ladies and gentlemen.' Yes, I am aware of the...

  • Runs on and on and on and
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    Runs on and on and on and

    2 years ago

    Okay, kids. Today we're going to talk about run-on sentences. What is wrong with this sentence? I needed to buy a bottle of suntan lotion I went to the store I put it on me not the store I put the suntan lotion on me....

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