Are You Among the Many Who Do This?

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 9:08 pm

Can you guess which word I see misspelled most often? Did you guess misspelled? You’re getting warm. Actually, it’s grammar. From my experience, I think it’s safe to estimate that 20 percent of the English-speaking world spells it with an -er ending. Before anyone points an accusing finger at anyone else, we might want to …

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Bi vs. Semi (weekly, monthly, annually)

Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 1:14 am

Using bi or semi in front of time periods can cause tremendous confusion. Looking the following words up in the dictionary will not help. Here's what you'll find: Biweekly means once every two weeks or twice a week. Bimonthly means once every two months or twice a month. In addition, a biweekly publication is issued every two …

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Problems with Prepositions

Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 12:31 am

Prepositions are certain words that go directly before nouns. They often show direction; for example, below, above, over, under, around, through, in, out, between, among, to, toward(s), etc. Other common prepositions include of, for, from, with, like. Rule: You shouldn’t use or end a sentence with an unnecessary preposition, i.e., when the meaning is clear …

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Irregular Verbs

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008, at 6:25 pm

A verb is called a regular verb if its past tense and past participle are formed by adding -ed (waited, insisted) or sometimes just -d (breathed, replaced). Verbs in English are irregular if they don't have a conventional -ed ending in the past tense. Example: Go (present tense), went (past tense), gone (past participle) Note: …

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This and That, These and Those, Than and Then

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008, at 5:48 pm

This vs. That This and that are singular. This indicates something physically nearby. It may also refer to something symbolically or emotionally "close."  That can refer to something "over there" or to something that is not as symbolically or emotionally "close" as this is. Examples: This dog is mine. This is mine. That dog is …

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