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Prepare for Trouble: Differentiating All Ready and Already

Nov 21, 2018

It's all too easy to misuse words that have nearly the exact same pronunciation and spelling. Among these confusing word pairs, the renegade tandem of all ready and already is one of the most notorious. Mistaking one for the other can't be taken lightly, as it changes a great deal about what you're trying to say. Sometimes, it even renders the entire sentence nonsensical. Thankfully, we’re going to do something about that. For starters, these two are different parts of speech: already is an adverb whereas all ready is an adjective phrase. As an adverb, already modifies verbs to mean that the action was done “before now, before a specified time, or so soon.” Keep in mind that it ca......

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2018

It’s nearly Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Other than the awesome stuff that 2017 has brought us so far, we at 1-Hour Proofreading are also thankful for the feast that we will be sharing with our families. Ever wondered why we have these food and decor during Thanksgiving? We have! Our researchers did a little digging, and here’s what we know about our Thanksgiving feast favorites. Corn Most of the food we have during Thanksgiving are said to have been part of the first Thanksgiving feast eaten by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. As with many other cultures today, corn was a staple food of the Native Americans. Moreover, it was one of the first crops that t......

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Judy Blume: Author and She-ro

Nov 15, 2018

As readers, it is such a great feat for us when we manage to find authors who create characters that stay with us until we grow up. However, what’s even more special is when we find authors who transcend fiction and become heroes themselves. Judy Blume is not only a bestselling author of children’s and young adult fiction; she is also one of the frontrunners in the fight against censorship. Blume is a native of New Jersey. She shares in her website that even though she was imaginative as a child, she never thought of becoming a writer. Whatever stories that had remained in her head had never been written down on paper. Instead, she wanted to become a teacher. In 1961, she graduat......

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Grammar Chaos: The Red Tape between Elicit and Illicit

Nov 14, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself trying to tell apart similar-sounding words such as elicit and illicit? If you can’t wrap your head around these homophones, here’s a bit of help! Some people know things that other people don’t—at least when the latter are still young. For example, kids aren’t allowed to watch some TV shows or movies that adults watch because of “grown-up” themes. Soon, these same kids grow up and realize that certain words that sound alike often don’t mean the same thing. So what was it the grown-ups were watching? Elicit or illicit content? We’ll put your mind to rest by starting with the answer to the above question, which is illicit. Merriam-Webster (MW) defines......

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Once Upon a Time: A Swan Song

Nov 12, 2018

Once Upon a Time bid farewell to its audiences last May 18 after seven seasons on the air. Although the final season featured an almost-fully revamped cast, the original Storybrooke squad returned for the show’s swan song. Once Upon a Time (OUAT) premiered back in 2011 with a promising plot: Emma Swan, a tough and cunning bail bondsperson, is greeted on her 28th birthday by her son at her door. Her son, Henry, later explains that she has to travel to a small town in Maine called Storybrooke, where lived a cast of characters eerily similar to the ones in the fairy-tale book that Henry has. Henry believes Emma was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and the Savior who wi......

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On Vlogging and Vanquishing Mental Illness: John Green

Nov 08, 2018

With intimate, inspiring stories that have captured today’s youth and shed light on various social issues—such as mental and physical illness, peer pressure, and LGBT—vlogger and author John Green has stood as a rising figure in American young adult fiction for over a decade. However, not many readers know that his stories are almost autobiographical in nature, as he has lived his whole life fighting demons of his own. Green was born on August 24, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the elder of Mike and Sydney Green’s two sons. Shortly after Green’s birth, the family moved to Michigan and Alabama before eventually settling in Florida. When Green was around six years old, he began to......

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Grammar Chaos: Getting Away with Allude and Elude

Nov 07, 2018

Allude and elude both refer to actions of ambiguity or avoidance, hence their frequent use in descriptions of evasive characters, secrets, mysteries, and, at times, crimes. Aside from this similarity in usage, these two verbs are also spelled and pronounced similarly, which sometimes leads to the wrong word being used in place of the other—a fitting irony considering the meaning of these words. But while allude and elude sound very much alike, they have completely different meanings. It’s always good to go back to the roots first. Both allude and elude were derived from the Latin word ludere, which means “to play with” or “to mock.” It’s from this etymology that one can draw thei......

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Nora Ephron: The Silver Screen Angel

Nov 01, 2018

Nothing goes better with ice cream and a broken heart than a good old-fashioned romantic comedy. Romantic comedies or rom-coms have been around for a long time and have become a staple in any film fan’s movie collection. When it comes to rom-coms, no one does them better than Nora Ephron, a critically acclaimed screenwriter, director, and essayist. Born in New York and raised in LA, Ephron is one of the four daughters of the writing duo of Henry Ephron and Phoebe Wolkind. Like their parents, the Ephron sisters also grew up to become writers themselves. In 1962, Ephron finished her education at Wellesley College, with a degree in political science. She became an intern at the Whit......

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