Capitalization of Governmental Words

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008, at 2:18 am

When you write about or to a governmental agency, do you wonder when to capitalize? Here are some simple rules to help you. Rule: When you use the complete names of departments, capitalize. You may also capitalize a shortened form of a department. Do not capitalize when these words are used as adjectives or generically. …

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Lead vs. Led

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008, at 12:46 am

lead a metal element (pronounced like red) lead present tense of led (pronounced like seed) led guided, past tense of to lead Pop Quiz 1. He lead/led the horse to water. 2. She tested the water for lead/led. 3. Will the new CEO lead/led by example? Answers: 1. led 2. lead 3. lead

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Principal vs. Principle

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008, at 9:06 pm

If you decide to take the free Grammar Mastery Quiz, you’ll eventually come to #40, which has turned out to be confusing for many. Question 40: The department's principal/principle concern is the safety of all employees. First, let’s figure out what part of speech the word is in the sentence above. Since it describes concern, …

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Pleaded vs. Pled

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 2:54 am

For the past tense of to plead, you may use either pleaded or pled. Example: He pleaded not guilty before his trial. Example: He pled not guilty before his trial. Note: In the strict legal sense, one cannot plead innocent. Word of the Week Avuncular: Like an uncle, especially in kindness or tolerance. Example: He …

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Irregular Plurals

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 12:32 am

Many nouns in English have a plural form either with an s/es ending or without. For example, when is it correct to use youth vs. youths, fish vs. fishes, or hair vs. hairs? Use youths and hairs when countable. Example: Three youths were given awards for community service. If youth is being used collectively, do …

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