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Table Of Contents

1. First of All—Enunciate!
Clear speech is critical
Alphabet of tongue twisters
2. Weak Speak
Wishy-washy
Sloppy-sloppy
Wordy, wordy
3. How Fresh Is Your Language?
Defate infation—simple words are stronger
Reject redundancies
Chuck the clichés
Common clichés
Hackneyed Words
Common mispronounced words
5. Stressed Out? (Conquer the Stress)
Which syllables get the emphasis?
6. Say It Again? Please Don’t!
Verbal Hiccups
For Men Only!
For Women Only!
Crude Is Not Always Oil, or Words Never to Use
7. Problem Pronouns/Pesky Prepositions
Personal pronoun problems
Relative pronoun problems
Preposition problems
8. Participle Perfection
Past participle problems
Tenses of common irregular verbs
9. Good, Better, Best
Adjectives
Adverbs
10. Where Did “That” Go?
Prevent misreading! Begin a noun clause with “that.”
Wrong Use of “Tat”
“Only” is almost always out of place
12. It Isn’t What You Think It Means
Mixed-up words
Adjective vs. adverb mistakes
13. Just How Many Are There?
Subject/pronoun/verb agreement
14. Sensible Subjunctive
Know how to use it
15. Balance—Not for Diets Only
Correct Sentence Construction
16. Introductions Gone Wrong
Dangling past participle
17. Control Your Correlatives
Conjunctions, that is
18. Be Possessive
19. One Word or Two—or Three?
Period perfection
Semicolon sense
Capitalize correctly
Parenthetically speaking
To hyphenate or not to hyphenate—that is the question!
Apostrophe
21. Words Are Power Tools
22. Facebook Faux Pas
Formatting problems
Résumé templates
Deception
24. Now It’s Your Turn
GLOSSARY
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Change Your Words, Change Your Worth

Change Your Words, Change Your Worth

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SELF IMPROVEMENT

What do getting a job, earning a promotion, making the right friends, and boosting your confidence all have in common? Doing each one of those things is a whole lot easier when you can speak and write without making grammatical mistakes. Just ask any hiring manager, senior-level executive, or neighbor next door.

In this guide, author Patricia Blaine, a longtime professional writer, gives you the tools you need to write and speak effectively. You can learn how to

• avoid common mistakes in verbal and written communications;

• speak clearly—even practice with tongue twisters;

• master the usage of pronouns, prepositions, and basic punctuation;

• finally master correlative conjunctions;

• organize an effective résumé and cover letter; and

• boost your overall vocabulary.

By using everyday examples of proper and improper usage, Blaine makes it clear which words and clichés to avoid. Start putting your words to work for you, and beat your competitors seeking jobs, promotions, and advantages in everyday life with the practical advice in Change Your Words, Change Your Worth.

SELF IMPROVEMENT

What do getting a job, earning a promotion, making the right friends, and boosting your confidence all have in common? Doing each one of those things is a whole lot easier when you can speak and write without making grammatical mistakes. Just ask any hiring manager, senior-level executive, or neighbor next door.

In this guide, author Patricia Blaine, a longtime professional writer, gives you the tools you need to write and speak effectively. You can learn how to

• avoid common mistakes in verbal and written communications;

• speak clearly—even practice with tongue twisters;

• master the usage of pronouns, prepositions, and basic punctuation;

• finally master correlative conjunctions;

• organize an effective résumé and cover letter; and

• boost your overall vocabulary.

By using everyday examples of proper and improper usage, Blaine makes it clear which words and clichés to avoid. Start putting your words to work for you, and beat your competitors seeking jobs, promotions, and advantages in everyday life with the practical advice in Change Your Words, Change Your Worth.

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