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Most writers – established as well as beginners can readily agree that writing for pennies does not make any sense; yet those same writers are accepting assignments that pay next to nothing. Why? The answer is quite simple – money. Of course, it is easy to point fingers at others for the problem, but finger-pointing isn’t a solution either.

Writing is not easy as it requires a lot of concentration and time; although time may vary greatly as it is dependent upon how fast one can type, your writing style is equally important if you would see yourself succeed as a writer in these saturated markets. Which is why it important that you focus on writing great copies rather that voluminous garbage? If you’re a beginner, it is well to write one or two articles per day as long as they’re of great quality.

To my knowledge, content websites will pay you in accordance with your level of writing; usually from one to five. Therefore, it is okay to study the rules of grammar and the eight parts of speech to increase your writing level and hopefully make more money. Remember, practice makes perfect! Although the purpose of your writing may change with each assignment you get, the principle objective remains the same: to express your ideas clearly and effectively.

Unless your readers can comprehend what you write, they will not value your unique idea on a subject. This is where understanding the rules of grammar become imperative. Understanding the rules of language will help you to write clearly, express your ideas effectively, and avert being misunderstood. Becoming a great writer will only take a few hours of study each day.

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Having a good vocabulary does not necessarily mean using obscure words. All it means is that, you use words to convey meaning in the way you want. Using words in the right way and at the right time, shows that you have a good command of the English language; you speak confidently and competently with the people are with.

The trick is knowing what words are appropriate in certain situations. A good vocabulary strengthens your communication skills; it can help you stay abreast and fit right in. Knowing what type of speech is appropriate in different settings and having the vocabulary you need to speak confidently wherever you are can make you a more assured, comfortable speaker.

However, the English language is complicated and can sometimes become overwhelming in a hurry. This is because English has adopted numerous words from other languages. Garage, for example, is a French word. Many words that sound alike can mean different things, depending on how they are used in a sentence. The same is true with spelling; many words spelled differently do sound the same: write, right, and rite, for example, are all pronounced the same even though they mean different things.

These types of words are called homophones. The English language is full of homonyms. Fortunately, you don’t have to remember the distinction between homophones and homonyms. The only thing you have to remember, however, is that English has a lot of words that sound the same, and sometimes spelled alike but mean different things. Bark, for example, means the outer covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of a tree; bark also means the short, loud noise that dogs make. The only difference between homophones and homonyms is how they are used in a sentence.

Words that sound alike regardless of their spelling and meaning are called homophones. Homonyms on the other hand, are words that are spelled the same and sound alike but with different meanings.

When you are having a conversation, reading a book, or watching a movie, it isn’t unusual to hear words you don’t know. It is well to look it up in a dictionary, which of course, is an excellent strategy. But, unfortunately, you may not always carry one with you, or be willing to take one out in the middle of a conversation. And, it’s not easy to read a dictionary in the dark.

The good news is that you can use context clues to interpret a word’s specific meaning by examining its relationship to surrounding words in a sentence. Although this strategy can sometimes be as unreliable as the weather forecast, it also can come in handy.

Without doubt, critical thinking can be a very difficult concept to get a grasp of because it requires that people set aside their assumptions and beliefs to think without bias or judgement. Critical thinking requires that you suspend your beliefs to explore a topic from all points of view. It also involves the ability to distinguish fact from opinion when exploring topics.

Now, let’s assume that we (humans) have been assigned a task of conducting a tour for aliens who have come to visit earth and examine human life. As we are riding along in an airship and floating over one of the professional stadiums in the US, one of the aliens becomes very confused, and so, we tell him that there is a football game going on.

Eager to grasp the facts, one alien asks, “ What is a game?” “ And why are there only male players”? We tell the alien that a game is when two teams compete against each other to win money, trophies, or titles; a team, however, is a group of like-minded individuals who come together for a common good.

But here is the problem, humans and aliens have nothing in common, besides the fact that they are sharing an airship. What humans may find interesting, will make no sense to aliens. Therefore, if we try to answer these questions entirely, it will not be long before we begin to realize that we do carry certain beliefs and assumptions as human beings.

We support a certain team, for example, because it gives us a sense of belonging. This sense of belonging is a value that matters more to some people than to others. And by the way, when trying to clarify sports teams to aliens, we also must justify the value we put on winning and losing, and why certain sports are not for female players.

Sometimes, it isn’t so easy to distinguish fact from fiction. Humans put a price tag on almost everything they see; we read and watch things that only reinforce what our minds are fed with, and assumptions we already own. As humans, we are confined to certain beliefs and values, most of which, undoubtedly, present a rather complicated way of doing things.