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Comma Before And

Comma Before AndIf there are only two things in a list, they do not need to be separated by a comma. If there are more than two ideas, the comma …

Language

How to End an Email: 9 Never-Fail Sign-Offs and 9 to Avoid

You’ve worked to make your email clear, and you’ve carefully edited to streamline your writing. The body of your email might well be perfect, but it …

Stephen King

A Small Point of Usage Concerning Those “Alternative Facts”

Never pass up a teaching moment.<p>Recently, some of my friends have spoken of “alternate facts,” and others of “alternative facts.”<p>There is traditionally a difference between the adjectives “alternate” and “alternative.” “Alternate,” as in, say, “alternate fact checker,” refers to a fact checker who …

Some weird pseudo English words in German

order of adjectives

Sometimes we use <b>more than one</b> adjective in front of a noun:<p>He was a nice intelligent young man.<br>She had a small round black wooden box.<p>Opinion …

Among vs. Amongst

One of our readers, Tania Botha asked:<p>“When (if ever) must one use “amongst” – I systematically use “among” in my own writing and change it when …

Creative Writing

Different than, different from, or different to?

<i>Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.</i> <b><br>F. Scott Fitzgerald</b> 1926<p>It’s a situation that crops up all the time – you …

Laity

"Layman" redirects here. For the community, see Layman, Ohio. For the surname, see Layman (surname). For the butterfly, see <i>Amauris albimaculata</i>.<p>A</b> …

What does "viewer discretion is advised" mean?

Viewer discretion is advised.<p>I've stumbled upon this phrase a few times (mainly at the beginning of video clips or movie trailers), but I'm still not …

Trailers

Adhere To, Follow, Obey

I have some question about the verbs "<i>adhere to</i>", "<i>follow</i>", and "<i>obey</i>" . Suppose there is a plan, and part of the plan includes a particular person …

Theology

The Greatest Words and Phrases of 2015

Language is constantly evolving, and words that have been in common use finally gain acceptance from the linguistic powers-that-be. So which slang …

Vocabulary

Americans ruin their jokes with two simple letters. Miserable twits. (JK!)

When Americans say “just kidding, shortened to “JK”, the strange thing is that the­y’re really kidding.<p>To realize this was unnervin­g for me, an expat Brit, because I realized that all the insults I had thought were jokes, but were not followed by “JK”, were actually insults. Even more concerning …

FDA

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

Is "data" singular or plural? Yes

At LinkedIn, the group STET: Professional Copy Editors has been considering "the data are" and "the data is." Here is the post that presented the …

Good Versus Well

Have you ever been chided for answering the question "How are you?" with "I'm good"? If so, here's some vindication.<p>It's such a simple little …

Linguistics

'If' Versus 'Whether'

Sometimes if and whether are interchangeable, but sometimes using one or the other will change the meaning of your sentence. Here are some examples …

5 Simple Grammar Mistakes That Even Smart Students Make

My late mother had a pet peeve about the proper use of “me” and “I.” She measured your mental acuity, not to mention your socioeconomic standing, by whether you implicitly understood when to say either.<p>Incorrect: <i>Mark Williams and me are going to see Southside Johnny at the Music Box</i><p>Correct: <i>Mark</i> …

Language

93 Extremely Bad Business Writing Habits to Break

Simplify your writing by removing unnecessary words and phrases. We use weak, wordy sentences because we are lazy. It is easier to use the clichés …

Writing

16 English Words That Are Actually German (Part 1)

Guten Tag!Yes, it’s another Denglish post – but this time with a twist!We might get slightly irritated with the way the English language is …

Language

But Seriously: Why Do We Drive on Parkways and Park on Driveways?

<i>“Hey! How come we</i> <i>drive</i> on <i>park</i>ways and <i>park</i> on <i>drive</i>ways? Huh? Huh? Amiright?!”<p>Good grief. This rusty one-liner’s gotten plenty of mileage, but few …

Guide to Punctuation for English Learners

Punctuation is used to mark the cadence, pauses, and tone in written English. In other words, punctuation helps us to understand when to pause …

Language

Sneak Peek VS Sneak Peak

How to Avoid a Common Comma Error: The Comma Splice

And why sometimes, it’s not even an error.<p>A reader on Twitter who goes by @cbee asked me to do a show about comma splices. She says they’re …

Linguistics

Flesh out an idea VS flush out an idea

Thanks to Library Lady Jane for all her help in writing these grammar guides over the years. If you would like a regular serving of grammar-related …

Exploding Kittens

What it means when you say "literally"

Thanks to Library Lady Jane for all her help in writing these grammar guides over the years. If you would like a regular serving of grammar-related …

Exploding Kittens