Than is a comparison word used. My hair is darker THAN yours.
Then designates a time element or part of an if/then statement.
I will go to the store then come home.
I didn't know about it then.
If I miss dinner, then I will be hungry.Poll/Pole
A poll is a questionnaire. A pole is a structure or magnetic pole.Apostrophes
Apostrophes show possession. They never show a noun to be plural except if you are talking about letters or numbers. Example: Sneakers has two e's in it. Some children have a problem writing 8's.
To show possession, use 's if it is a singular noun, regardless of what the ending letter is. The man's pen. The woman's book. Jonas's toy. However, if it is an ancient name, like Achilles, and ends in s, use s'. Achilles' heel. If it is a plural noun that does not end in s, use 's. The children's books. If it is a pural noun that ends in s, use s'. The dogs' bones.Semicolons ;
Use a semicolon to connect two independent but related clauses. I bought a new couch; it was comfy.Active/Passive voice
In the active voice, the subject acts upon the direct object. Example: Jon kicked the ball.
In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon. Example: The ball was kicked by Jon.
Use the active voice whenever possible.Article structure
An article has 3 parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.Plagiarism and quoting
Do not quote another source without using quote marks and giving proper credit.
Do not use large blocks of quote. It's bad form.Beware of opinions
Opinions can sometimes masquerade as facts. Be vigilant in what you are saying.Sentences and proof reading
Make sure you vary the length of your sentences.
When you finish writing, walk a way for at least an hour. Come back and read your article out loud to make sure it sounds right.