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Apostrophes: The Importance of Good Grammar

  • February 3, 2011
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Apostrophes: The Importance of Good Grammar

Little things can make a big difference. This is especially true of apostrophes, punctuation marks used to show possession or indicate that one or more letters have been left out of a word. In the following paragraphs we’ll cover a few of the most common apostrophe rules so you’ll be familiar with when to use…

Confusing Word Pairs. Part One.

  • January 31, 2011
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Confusing Word Pairs. Part One.

The differences between who vs whom, lay vs lie and other confusing word pairs can be difficult to discern. When combined, apostrophes, homonyms, subtle spelling differences and alternate definitions create a recipe for trouble. The following examples should clear some of the confusion surrounding these similar word pairs and homonyms. Who vs. Whom Knowing when…

Conflicting Proverbs

  • January 24, 2011
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Conflicting Proverbs

Proverbs and sayings are nuggets of truth wrapped up in pithy word packages. As brief as two words, often centuries old, these maxims express wisdom in simple ways that transcend time, language, and culture. As Lord John Russell put it in Notes to Roger’s “Italy”, “A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.”…

15 Most Misspelled Words in English

  • January 13, 2011
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15 Most Misspelled Words in English

English is influenced by every major language on Earth, including some that aren’t even used anymore, so spelling is bound to cause frustration. Our headstrong language does have rules, but not all words abide by them. The old “I before E, except after C”, for instance, was discarded when the exceptions were found to outnumber…

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