Grammar

Everyday and Every Day: One Word or Two?

The space between two words can make a difference: everyday doesn't mean the same thing as every day. Just like anyone and any one, or anytime and …

Productivity

WATCH: What's the Difference Between Y'all and Ya'll?

The South is known for its laundry list of unique, quirky, cultural sayings—like “Bless your heart,” “Too big for his britches,” and “Well, I …

Country Lifestyle

The AP Stylebook is not uniformly crackpot

Pam Robinson, my old comrade-in-arms from the earliest days of the American Copy Editors Society, asked a while back whether I ignore or flout all AP …

Judiciary

14 common words that you're probably mispronouning

National Dictionary Day is observed annually in the US on October 16.<p>Created to honor Noah Webster, the "Father of the American Dictionary," the day …

12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All Costs

Nobody expects you to be perfect all the time. However, there are some really glaring writing mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your credibility, reputation and personal brand.<p>But many of these mistakes are easy to avoid. For instance, misspelled words, excessive …

Writing

3 quick tips for tighter writing

Writers can employ various strategies to make their writing more active and concise.<p>Here are three simple types of unnecessary wording to keep in …

Public Relations

Personal Pronouns in English Grammar

<b>Definition</b><p>In English grammar, a <i>personal pronoun</i> is a pronoun that refers to a particular person, group, or thing. Like all pronouns, personal …

Exclusive: Funding formula 'privileges' grammar schools

<b>Formula branded 'fundamentally unfair' after Tes investigation shows latest changes particularly benefit grammar schools</b>The government's latest …

Education

The Top 10 Beginning French Mistakes

When you start learning French, there's a lot to remember - new vocabulary, all kinds of verb conjugations, strange spelling. Just about everything …

Language

'Do I believe Year 6 pupils can meet the required standard for writing, but fail the reading and GPS tests? Yes, I do'

After a great deal of teacher-talk about how the grammar and punctuation requirements for the end of key stage 2 writing stifled both teacher and …

Teaching

The rules for clear, effective business writing

Does language have rules? Is it empty pedantry to tut-tut about the “10 items or less” lane in a supermarket, on the grounds that “fewer” is what you …

The Art Of Grammar – Painting With Adjectives – TrdPip

For generations, students have regarded lessons in grammar as a joyless activity. The release of a class-wide groan often accompanies a teacher’s …

Artists

25 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

If there’s one thing that’s sure to irritate a nit-picking grammar pedant, it’s someone saying that they “literally” jumped out of their skin, or …

Oxford Dictionary

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Five a day rule is 'madness'

The five-a-day rule is "madness" and makes eating fruit and vegetables a "virtuous obligation" which seems too hard to attain, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has said.<p>Fearnley-Whittingstall said the prescriptive guidance made eating five portions seem like an unnecessarily difficult challenge to …

Eating

Learn About Formation, Moods, Tenses, Italian Verb Conjugations

Formation, moods, tenses, and table of Italian verb conjugations<p>1001 Italian Verbs<p>Italian Verbs For Beginners<p>First Conjugation Verbs<p>Second …

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London

You're Not Scottish Unless You Score 10/12 On This "Complete The Sentence" Quiz

They say all sorts of crazy things north of the wall.

Translation

Not all the little things are of equal value

Yesterday, a reader commented on Facebook about my rant over the Associated Press Stylebook’s bogus rule on collide: “Seems like an odd issue to …

Hey, AP Stylebook! Hello? Hello? Anybody there?

On Twitter @APStylebook regularly tweets dicta, usually innocuous. But yesterday @APStylebook favored us with this: “Two objects must be in motion …

Language

15 words you might be using incorrectly

As an adult person in the world, you should already know the difference between its and it’s; to, too, and two; and their, there and they’re.<p>For that …

John Cena

Here’s How You Pronounce Gal Gadot’s Name

Gal Gadot is going to be a big deal for a while now. <i>Wonder Woman</i> ranks among the very biggest box-office smashes of the year, we’ve got <i>Justice League</i> …

Streaming

Lequel, a Difficult French Pronoun, Explained

<i>Lequel</i>, which usually means <i>which</i>, is arguably the most difficult French pronoun.<p><i>Lequel</i> has four basic forms, because it has to agree in gender and …

Did You Learn Grammar in Grammar School?

In 1985, the National Council of Teachers of English, an organization that certainly did not foresee a future of blogs, social media, hot takes and …

Education

Can 'Momentarily' Mean 'In a Moment'?

Every so often someone will use the word <i>momentarily</i> in the sense “in a moment; soon.” Incidentally, every so often that same person will also have a …

Vocabulary

Stop. Grammar time: the adult word nerds going back to school

Formal grammar was taken out of the Australian curriculum in the mid-1970s – and some of us have catching up to do<p>“It’s a special kind of person who attends this class on a weekend,” says our grammar guru Penny Modra.<p>It’s 9am on one of the hottest spring days of the season, and there are about 20 …

Multiple Correct Answers in Google Form Quizzes

One of the most popular uses for <b>Google Forms</b> is creating <b>online assessments</b> for students. It is a quick, easy, and powerful way to create auto-grading …

Mount Everest

Want to fail at online dating? Be a grammar snob

Universal competence in the use of apostrophes would be nice, but it won’t heal the world’s problems<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>"You know the difference between 'your' and 'you’re.'"<p>That line shows up in a JDate profile, from the section where you tell prospective partners what …

Writing

Does Your Skin Crawl Whenever You Spot a Grammar Mistake

Do you belong to those who, whenever they hear or see a grammar mistake from someone else, cannot “let it go”, but rush to spot it and fix the …

University of Michigan

The Rise of the Restrictive Comma

The Major League home-run champion, Giancarlo Stanton. A comma is needed because he’s the only ML home-run champion. (Image courtesy mlb.com)This …

Giancarlo Stanton