These personalities work together to create human behavior.

The id, ego, and superego are names for the three parts of the human personality which are part of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic personality theory.

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Sigmun Freud

According to Freud, these three parts combine to create the complex behavior of human beings.

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This little curlicue has been fiercely debated by grammarians for centuries

The Oxford comma has the distinction of being one of the most hotly debated elements of the English language. Also referred to as the serial comma, this little curlicue has been fiercely defended — or shrugged off — by grammarians for centuries.

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The most hotly debated elements of the English language

Do you really need to use the Oxford comma? The short answer appears to be yes, with many opportunities for rebuttals and debates.

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What Is the Oxford Comma?

The Oxford comma is, you guessed it, a comma that’s placed in a series of three or more items. It’s used in both “and” and “or” lists. …


And Why it’s Okay to Do It.

Isn’t this exciting? There are so many grammar rules out there that help us button up our sentences and write with clarity and professionalism. Many of the most well-known grammar rules rose in popularity for a purpose, and they’ve stood the test of time. However, some of them were written when laptops were a futuristic novelty as alien as space travel.

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Now that we live in an age dominated by hashtags and microblogs, there are certain grammar rules that are bending to meet our ever-changing needs. For example, fifth grade teachers across the country would’ve fainted if they found their students starting sentences with “and” or “but.” …


Behind many stories are a strong structure, made up of the essential elements of storytelling

Great stories have exciting twists, relatable characters, vivid descriptions, and lasting effects. But behind your favorite story is a strong structure, made up of the essential elements of storytelling: plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, and tone. With these basic building blocks and some wonderful writing, any story can be the next bestseller.

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Plot of a Story

Every story needs a beginning, middle, and end. Skillful stories typically have a straightforward plot, and yet also manage to surprise the reader with plot twists that create interest.

Plot Structure

The standard plot structure consists of five main elements:

  • Exposition: Introduces the character and…

Is it affect or effect?

It happens all the time. You’re writing a paper or texting a friend and have to ask yourself, “Is it affect or effect? A while or awhile?” Sometimes, even the most seasoned writers have to stop and do a quick Google search to double check themselves.

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It’s hard to deny the fact that the English language has a lot of regularly confused words. They either look alike, sound alike or, worst of all, look and sound alike (but have completely different meanings).

If you take a moment to study the regularly confused words below, you might be able to compose your next paper or text without having to stop and chat with Google! …


The world is coated in a sea of words… Start with a great hook!

The world is coated in a sea of words. We have essays, novels, blogs, scripts, short stories, poetry, speeches, and more. With words vibrating off the atmosphere day in and day out, how can you ever craft something that would lure any number of the billions of people in the world? The answer is simple. Start with a great hook!

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Give readers a reason to pick up your writing or prick up their ears and see your idea through to the end. Hooks are boxed up into one to two sentences and have just enough of a thought-provoking element to entice people to want to read more. …


Formulate your own ideas and theories on the basis of existing data and knowledge.

A research paper is an essay or academic paper in which the content is supported by data or other sources. In other words, instead of just sitting down and writing something from the top of your head, you research about what other people have said about the subject and you then formulate your own ideas and theories on the basis of existing data and knowledge.

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Steps to Write a Research Paper

In some ways, knowing how to write a research paper is similar to learning how to write any sort of paper. You will need to:

  • Come up with a…

Tighten up your writing by avoiding filler words.

Have you ever noticed how we sprinkle our everyday conversation with filler words? In truth, they add no meaning to our language but they can keep the conversation going. When it comes to writing, though, we need to be more aware of them.

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Take a classic filler word such as “that.” If you think about it, “that” can be removed from almost every sentence we write. Here’s an example. “She decided that she was going to be happy today.” …


My young and poignant experience with the freedom of speech

“You don’t know what you have until its taken away.”

This is an old saying, mostly said when someone has lost something or someone they love: a woman or man, a free membership, or perhaps for some teens, their smart phones. Devastating, I know. But I doubt anyone has ever thought about having a fundamental right taken away from them. At least not by anyone born and raised in this country. As I young Filipino, I never had to worry about my fundamental rights being taken away because I never had it in the first place.

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Living in the Philippines during the early 1970s was very simple: I went to school, played with friends, and tried my best not to get into trouble. This may sound like a typical day, but unlike Smallville, Kansas, a typical the day in the Philippines would end with a siren blaring at 9pm reminding the residents that it was time to return home; although I would already be home, the siren was for all citizens and businesses to seize all activities. Anyone who defied the curfew would be arrested and detained. One of my neighbor’s father was detained and he returned home after a week. My friend only said his dad wasn’t going to break the curfew again. …


You simply can’t be literal when examining idioms.

Idioms exist in every language. They are words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally. For example, if you say someone has “cold feet,” it doesn’t mean their toes are actually cold. Rather, it means they’re nervous about something.

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Idioms can’t be deduced merely by studying the words in the phrase. If taken literally, you would think that someone with cold feet has… cold feet. But, after living with a certain group of people for a period of time, you’ll start to pick up their expressions. …

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