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Liz Bureman: Editor, Bbp Participant
Member since August 13, 2013

Liz Bureman has a more-than-healthy interest in proper grammatical structure, accurate spelling, and the underappreciated semicolon. When she's not diagramming sentences and reading blogs about how terribly written the Twilight series is, she edits for the Write Practice, causes trouble in Denver, and plays guitar very slowly and poorly. You can follow her on Twitter (@epbure), where she tweets more about music of the mid-90s than writing.

Website: https://thewritepractice.com/author/liz/

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When to Use Ensure vs. Insure
by Liz Bureman in When to Use Ensure vs. Insure
09:00 am on October 16, 2018

Here’s a problem I’ve encountered a lot: the confusion of ensure vs. insure. But wait, those two words are the same, right? Well . . . kind of, but not exactly.

Let’s un-muddle them, shall we?

Every time I hear the word “ensure,” I think of the high-protein flavored beverage that I will never drink. But we’re going to use this ingestible product to help you remember how to use ensure. Win-win (kind of).

Don’t Leave Your Participles Dangling
by Liz Bureman in Don’t Leave Your Participles Dangling
09:00 am on April 17, 2018

You know what’s really fun to edit? Dangling participles. What’s a participle? Glad you asked.

A participle is an adjective form of a verb, usually formed by adding the suffix –ing to the verb. For example, you might go for a light 15k in your running shoes. Or your sister might be screaming because she burned herself with her curling iron. Make sense?

Let’s take a closer look and find out where these participles go wrong.

When Do You Use “Quotation Marks”?
by Liz Bureman in When Do You Use “Quotation Marks”?
09:00 am on January 9, 2018

A few years ago, I rented a car. Normally this wouldn’t be a memorable event. But an appalling misuse of grammar burned it into my mind, and years later, I haven’t forgotten.

You see, when I went to the airport to return the rental, I saw this wonderfully instructive sign:


And this brings me to today’s grammar lesson: how and when to use quotation marks.

2 Ways to Use the Semicolon
by Liz Bureman in 2 Ways to Use the Semicolon
09:30 am on December 12, 2017

If the semicolon was just a little less top-heavy, then it would be a comma, and rightfully used and appreciated. Sadly, many writers have a confused relationship with the semicolon, not really sure how or when to use semicolons in their lovely sentences.

Don’t worry, little semicolon. Your virtues will not be lost on this audience as long as I have a say in it.

Parentheses: How to Use ( ) Correctly
by Liz Bureman in Parentheses: How to Use ( ) Correctly
09:00 am on November 28, 2017

People ask me all the time (and by all the time, I mean never), “Liz, what is your favorite grammatical/punctuational structure?” It’s hard to narrow it down to just one (although you’re probably already aware of my love for the Oxford comma), but if I happened to be in a life-or-death of language situation, it would probably be the parenthetical statement.

I bet you already figured that out.

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