Quick Tips: Obtain vs. Attain

1. Obtain: to gain possession of something physical

Example: I obtained a ticket to the weekend basketball game.

2. Attain: to achieve, to accomplish

Example: I attained my goal of completing the marathon.



Quick Tips for Authors: How to Structure Dialogue.

Today’s quick tip: When it comes to dialogue, everything goes inside the quotation marks (including commas).

Example 1: “No, no!” she yelled. “Not the antique vase!”

Example 2: “Why is it,” she asked, hands over her eyes, “that every time I leave the room for five minutes, you decide to go crazy?”

Example 3: “Cat, I love you every day, but sometimes I’m not so sure I like you.”