Verbal Illusions

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7:05 pm

During a recent gubernatorial campaign, a reporter asked a local to comment on one of the candidates. The reply: “I can’t say too much good about him.” Someone reading that might conclude the statement was negative, but anyone listening knew it was just the opposite. From the way he said it, the man clearly meant, …

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Among vs. Between

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 11:48 am

Many of you sent in comments on last week’s Year-End Quiz. The question receiving the most comments was: 7. James is trying to decide between three college majors; accounting, finance, or economics. Our point with this question was to demonstrate that the semicolon should instead be a colon. We didn’t anticipate the many comments exemplified …

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Year-End Quiz

Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 1:53 pm

To say goodbye to 2016 we have put together a comprehensive pop quiz based on the year’s GrammarBook.com grammar posts. The quiz comprises twenty-three sentences that may—or may not—need fixing plus two multiple-choice questions. Think you can fix the ones that need help? You’ll find our answers directly below the quiz. Each answer includes, for …

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Lie vs. Lay

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 10:44 am

You will impress your family and friends with your grammar skills if you can distinguish between lie and lay. These words confuse even the best editors, so you pretty much have to memorize a chart and then practice to build your confidence. Lie vs. Lay Chart Present Past Past Participle (used with helping verbs such …

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Annual Christmas ’Log Review

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 5:46 pm

As we enter the holiday season, we thought you'd enjoy one of Tom Stern's classic reviews of his Christmas catalogs. Have you noticed that Christmas is in the air? I started noticing in October, when I received my first Christmas catalog eleven days before the start of the World Series. New ones have been arriving …

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