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How to save a long sentence

longsentencegirlSome sentences are so long that as your reading, you get lost midway and your eyes have to jump back to the beginning of the sentence, wherever it was. Better to rewrite a long sentence into smaller bites of course.

But why did you get lost? It may be because the verb was too far away from the subject. Put them closer together and you could save the sentence. (There’s nothing wrong with an occasional long sentence.) This article on, a communications publisher, explains the trick.


Resume tips from an editor

Sometimes colleagues and friends ask me to proofread and edit their resumes. I do my usual thorough review, keeping in mind the purpose of this type of document.

I refrain from commenting on the structure of the resume (a resume used in the United States). Career counselors and recruiters have varying opinions about what to include and what not to include, outside of the basics. In the end, it’s up to you to decide which recommendations to follow.

Based on my experience as a job seeker and as someone who has been on the other side helping to interview candidates, here are some basic tips for writing a resume:

  • Always target your resume to the job you’re looking for. Use relevant key words wherever possible.
  • Use plenty of action verbs to describe what you’ve done in the past. Be descriptive but brief. Remember also that some tasks you’ve done in previous, seemingly less relevant jobs may transfer easily to the job you’re looking for.


  • Verbs should be in the past tense to describe previous jobs and in the present tense to describe your current position.
  • The document should be easy to read so the hiring manager can quickly see whether you fit the job or not: Use bulleted lists rather than large blocks of text. Use good styling and formatting overall. Pay attention to the use of leading and white space.

Another key: To help you determine what skills and experience to include and how to describe them, think about what you would be looking for in the resume if you were the hiring manager.

If you’d like to get your resume proofread and edited, email me at It always helps to get a second eye and a professional proofread.

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A helpful website to check out

One resource I count on for informative, intelligent and fun bits about English is the Visual Thesaurus website. Here’s an article in the site’s Teacher at Work column about the amusing yet frustrating experience English language learners have with the phrasal verb: The Tyranny of Phrasal Verbs: Turned On or Turned Off?

What’s a phrasal verb? A verb plus another word, most often a preposition, that together change the original meaning of the verb. (Five appear in this post!) Find out more in the article.