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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.

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.

Richard Johnson

I can answer any question--usually the same day--on correct English grammar, usage, and (non-fiction) writing style, usually the same day, based on the American practice. All answers are explained, and I encourage follow-up.

Joel Bjorling

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

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.

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.

Deborah Burgess

On Vacation
returns 11/01/2016
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.

Martha Beth Lewis

On Vacation
returns 10/29/2016
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.

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2016-10-19 which vs. that:

A is correct.    The difference in meaning between these two relative pronouns is that that is used restrictively and which is used descriptively. A is correct here because the clause it

2016-10-17 Figure, figure out and figure it out:

1. The word "out," strange as it may seem, is often added idiomatically without any change in meaning. This is the case with "figure [it]" and "figure [it] out." Those two expressions mean essentially

2016-10-14 If vs. whether:

A. I don't know whether to go there.  B. I don't know if going there.    If can frequently be used instead of whether. When it can or can't is question of idiom [common usage]. The reverse

2016-10-14 The phrase whithout repeating the auxiliary seems smarter:

Mark, this is one of those situations where a seemingly correct formulation is incorrect because of idiom [common usage].    A. "We're not sure whether he WILL stay here for dinner or he WILL GO somewhere

2016-10-13 am to:

Yes, it's entirely correct.    *    *    *    *    I need to tell you that the equation you have reiterated is not entirely accurate. I am to travel is not really equivalent to <i>I will have to

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