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3 Tips to Solve the Who vs. Whom Dilemma

www.RuthlessEditor.comFewer and fewer people seem to recognize when to use who and when to use whom. Have who and whom become interchangeable? 

It depends on whom you ask.

There still are people who value grammatical correctness, and there still are those who will judge you for not knowing the difference between who and whom.

These three tips will help those who care but get confused:

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Email Salutations: Formal or Informal? Comma or Colon?

man_sending-emailEmail continues to be the predominant form of business communication, yet many business climates are becoming even more casual. What’s the best way to start a message? How formal or informal should your salutation be?

The best answer: It depends.

An email opening consists of a greeting and a name. It can set a formal, respectful tone or an informal, friendly tone.

Dear Mr. Lee:
Good morning, Brad.
Hi Brad!

A reader questioned whether to include a comma between an informal greeting and the person’s name: Continue

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12 Tips For Better Business Emails

The concept of email emerged in 1971, and the familiar format — Date, From, To, Subject, Message — is based on the memo format of the typewriter era.  Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, but there doesn’t appear to be anything on the horizon to replace email.

Brushing up on grammar is a good first step to improving your electronic business communication. Here are a dozen killer tips from a ruthless editor to help you fine-tune your email skills. Continue

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Tame Email Tyranny with EOM Subject Line

Does email rule your life? Are you incessantly checking emails — even on the Labor Day holiday weekend — hoping to keep your inbox whittled to your standard for an acceptable number of messages requiring some kind of action at some point? (The number I’m learning to live with is about 150.)

In the Aug. 28, 2014, New York Times, op-ed contributor Clive Thompson cited a McKinsey study showing that white-collar workers “spend 28 percent of their workweek slogging through the stuff.” Continue

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