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5 miscellaneous tips

  1. Italicize key terms.
  2. Prefixes – Most words with prefixes are written as one word, some exceptions require a hyphen.
  3. Never use the words “both” and “as well as” in the same sentence.
  4. Only use the word “would” in a sentence when you mean habitually; never use it when you mean “that”.  Instead of it would appear, use it appears that…..
  5. Ensure that your pronouns agree: always use “who” for humans and “which” or “that” for nonhumans. When you can use “he” or “she,” then use “who.” When you can use “him” or “her,” then use “whom.”

Reference: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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