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What Cats Can Teach Us About Vocabulary: Part 2

28 April 2011


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As we saw in last week’s post, a cat’s vocal tone can powerfully convey emotions. But combine that with their body language, and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with.


Today let’s think about words that describe a cat’s facial expressions and how to use those words to describe humans.


Facial expression

Normally we don’t think of cats as having many facial expressions – kind of like a Hello Kitty doll.

What can cats teach us about vocabulary?

21 April 2011



Wait a minute! Cats only have a one-word vocabulary (meow) and make one other sound (purr). What can they possibly teach us about vocabulary?


You might be surprised.


Some people claim to have the ability to speak ‘cat’ and communicate with their feline friends. I make no claims to speak ‘catonese’. But after living with them for many years, I understand their vocal tone and body language very well.

Grammar Bite #11: Run-on sentences/Comma splices

14 April 2011

Maybe it’s our fast-paced lives. Maybe it’s the effect of instant-response emails. But lately I’ve noticed an increase in mistakes where the writer doesn't correctly indicate when one idea stops and the next one begins.


These common mistakes happen in 'run-on sentences' and 'comma splices'. Today let’s look at how to recognize and correct them.

How to Avoid the ‘Non-answer’ Response

7 April 2011


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Have you ever received an email or letter response that did not answer your original questions? How did it make you feel?


How can you make sure that you don’t do the same thing to your readers?


Let’s look at a case and see what we can learn.


The PayPal ‘non-answer’

About a year ago, I got tired of receiving emails in Chinese from PayPal. …

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