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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.

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I m a professional editor and published writer.


Writers of America, Professional Editors Association, Brazos Writers Group, Sisters of Crime


Many magazines


Associate Degree in Business, majoring in education currently for BA 25 years as a writer and professional editor

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Shervin Hojat- "Tend Your Garden Within" and am mentioned in acknowledgements.

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None really, as both are correct English.    If you should be telling someone where Peter is, you would say: Peter is working AT THE office.    If an employee at the office should ask where Peter is, you


I am sorry it took so long to respond. I didn't get my email notice to this question.    In or at is not the answer.    It depends on what you are conveying. Also, it is more than one preposition needed

2015-11-30 Grammar question:

Using "is" is asking what kind of people your family is.... using "are" is asking who they are; names, identification, etc.    The text on the question and answer is correct, however.    Asking who his

2015-11-16 to cap or not cap...:

She is correct again.    It is:    "Grant!  Lee!  Heel!" shouted Vance Seymour.    When you follow dialogue, it is always lower case.    The only time it is capitalized, is when it is considered a new

2015-11-16 a cap after a question mark?:

J.D., she is absolutely correct.    It should be:     "Vance, where the heck did you learn to shoot like that?"  the president asked.    When you write dialogue, the dialogue is followed (if using 'the


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