Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2007, at 3:24 pm

The three words, assure, ensure, and insure, are often confused. All three words share an element of "making an outcome sure." However, rather than using these words interchangeably, I'd like to point out the unique aspects of each word so that you can use them to communicate your intention clearly. Assure is to promise or …

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Pronoun Tips

Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 1:05 am

Pronouns take the place of nouns. Subject pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, we, they Object pronouns: me, you, him, her, it, us, them Rule: Use a subject pronoun, not only as the subject of a sentence, but after to be verbs when the pronoun renames the subject. To be verbs: is, are, was, were, …

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Anymore, Any more; Anyone, Any one; Everyone, Every one; Everybody, Every body

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007, at 10:18 pm

Some words written as one word will differ in meaning when split into two words. So you need to know which word you really want. Anymore: any longer, nowadays Example: Harry doesn’t travel anymore. Any more: something additional or further Example: I don’t want any more cake. Anyone: anybody Example: Anyone can learn to cook …

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Plural and Possessive Forms with Names Ending in y

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 2:17 pm

How do you form the plural of a proper noun that ends in y such as Murphy? Should you change the name to Murphies? Given how other English words ending in y form their plurals, you would think so. Examples: puppy / puppies army / armies supply / supplies However, proper nouns are not pluralized …

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Using [sic] Properly

Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2007, at 11:17 pm

Sic is a Latin term meaning "thus." It is used to indicate that something incorrectly written is intentionally being left as it was in the original. Sic is usually italicized and always surrounded by brackets to indicate that it was not part of the original. Place [sic] right after the error. Example: She wrote, “They …

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