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Roy Johnson

I can answer questions on English language, grammar, writing skills, and study skills. I am particularly experienced in the writing skills required for academic essays, term papers, reports, dissertations, and post-graduate theses.

Ted Nesbitt

I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

Joel Bjorling

I can answer questions relating to grammar or general writing technique.

Richard Johnson

I specialize in grammar. I can however answer any question except homework questions--usually the same day--concerning English grammar, usage, or (non-fiction) writing style, on the basis of the American practice. All answers are explained, and I encourage follow-up.

Martha Beth Lewis

I will answer questions having to do with grammar, plurals, punctuation, capitalization, mood, person, tense, and so on, as well as word usage and word choice. If you want a quick answer to a specific question, particularly if you wish to use formal American English for business or academic purposes (MLA), I can give you a timely response. I also can address word choice, clarity, structure, and similar concerns involving English as a second language. If you want advice of a deeper editorial nature (e.g., substantive [line] editing), please consult an Expert who offers this sort of assistance; I do not offer this sort of assistance.

Johnathan Clayborn

I can answer a broad range of questions about both academic and creative writing. I can answer questions about APA format, research and references, essay structure and more. I am particularly helpful in the areas of character development, storyline development, etc. and I can provide authors with an array of tools to help them organize their work.

Deborah Burgess

Essays--I can assist students with questions concerning the process of writing an essay including preparation of an outline, development of a topic, development of the thesis statement and topic sentences, and paragraph development. I can assist students in helping them determine the proper rhetorical modes for their essay (narration, illustration, description, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and argumentation. I am able to answer questions concerning rules of style for a research paper including referencing sources. I am able to address questions regarding punctuation and grammar.

Jannie Balliett

Any question relating to writing and grammar. I will repeat, questions only-- not discussions or editing. If you need editing, visit my editorial site; I do not help with homework nor English classes. This is much too involved and I will not "explain" English to non-English speakers. Please rate. If you do not rate, I will need to ban you from my expertise.


Those related to general and creative writings, usage, grammar, sentence construct, conversational English, etc. We also advise on ways to improve language skills, creative write-ups, grammar, phonetics, accent, spoken English, interview handling tips, group discussion, debating, public speaking, etc.

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2017-03-23 Go backwards:

Dear Paolo:      Is "to go forward" the opposite of "to go backwards"?    *** Yes.  If you are going to use both in the same piece of writing, be sure to make the "number" for the words consistent.  Forward

2017-03-23 Be/feel depressed:

Dear Paolo:    Are there other formal and informal/idiomatic/colloquial ways to say "to be or feel depressed"?    *** I could not possibly list them all.      Here is a list from one of the Cambridge dictionaries

2017-03-23 Be concerned about - be concerned by:

Dear Paolo:      Is it "to be concerned about something" or "to be concerned by something"?    *** Do you have a sentence in which "concerned by" appears?  The phrase is NOT mentioned in any of the prominent

2017-03-22 Run to stand still:

Dear Paolo:    Does "to run to stand still" mean "to run in place"?    *** Where are you finding these odd phrases?      To run in place is, as I mentioned previously, a kind of physical exercise.  A person

2017-03-22 Run still:

Dear Paolo:    Does "to run still" make sense in English?    *** It doesn't to me.  I have never heard or seen this expression.  The closest phrase of which I can think is "to run in place."  That means

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