Colloquialisms and Slang

Colloquialisms and Slang

Lesson Content Inquire: The Lowdown on Colloquialisms, Slang, and Jargon   Overview In the movie The Big Chill, Jeff Goldblum’s character, when accused of making a rationalization, says, “Don’t knock rationalization. Where would we be without it?” The same could be...
Noun Issues

Noun Issues

Lesson Content Inquire: Nouns Can Be Your Friend Overview Many people believe that the secret to becoming a good writer is just to learn more words, that the more words you have at your disposal, the better you will write. Of course, it’s always a good idea to expand...
Active vs. Passive Voice

Active vs. Passive Voice

Lesson Content Inquire: Active vs. Passive Voice: Doing or Receiving Overview All verbs are either active or passive. We call this distinction the active voice and the passive voice. The more you understand the nature of the differences between the two voices — how...
Writing Personal Essays

Writing Personal Essays

Lesson Content Inquire: Sharing Your Point of View Overview Personal writing is nonfiction that’s told from your unique, individual point of view. It’s writing that describes the world as seen through your eyes. The two most common forms of personal writing are: 1)...
Expanding Your Vocabulary

Expanding Your Vocabulary

Lesson Content Inquire: The More the Better Overview The philosopher Goethe wrote, “The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.” You don’t want a limited universe. You want an expansive universe. And you can expand your universe by expanding the language...
Cliches and Trite Expressions

Cliches and Trite Expressions

Lesson Content Inquire: Clichés Can Run, But They Can’t Hide Overview When it comes to clichés, all that glitters is not gold. You might hear someone without a care in the world using clichés, but if you believe that laughter is the best medicine, all’s well that ends...