begun vs. begin

Begun vs. Began: So It Begins

Jun 13, 2018 in Grammar

So it begins: you’re writing a paper for school, and you need to use a past tense form of the word begin. The problem is,…

Stationery vs Stationary

Stationery vs. Stationary: Oh, What a Difference a Letter Makes

Jun 06, 2018 in Grammar

Usually you’re stationary while you’re using stationery. If you’re writing a letter to a client at work, then you should know that one letter is…

entitled vs. titled

Entitled vs. Titled: You’re Entitled to Make a Few Mistakes

Jun 01, 2018 in Grammar

You’re entitled to know that this post is entitled “Entitled vs. Titled.” If that sounds weird, well, it is. English is weird sometimes. When you…

bring vs. take

Bring It On: The Eternal Battle of Bring vs. Take

May 25, 2018 in Grammar

In the eternal battle of bring vs. take, neither side is going to take a beating. That’s because both these words have their place, as…

complimentary vs. complementary

Complimentary vs. Complementary

May 18, 2018 in Grammar

Lulu fanned herself against the intense heat of the summer sun and smiled at Lena. “I would like to compliment you on how well your…

criteria vs criterion

Criteria vs. Criterion: Decoding the Difference

May 11, 2018 in Grammar

  What are the criteria for properly using the word “criterion”? There’s actually only one criterion; the proper use of the word “criteria” is a…

thesis proposal

How to Write a Thesis Proposal

May 04, 2018 in Writing

If you want to build a house, step one is not wandering over to the next vacant lot with a hammer, some nails, and a…

who or whom

Grammar 101: Who or Whom?

Apr 26, 2018 in Grammar

  Q:        What did the well-educated owl say? A:         Whom! Whom! Actually, if that owl were truly well educated, he’d have said, “Who or whom!…

using dashes

Using Dashes: Em Dash vs. En Dash

Apr 13, 2018 in Grammar

  You know how it is. You’re at a party, chatting merrily, and then someone brings up the em dash. You nod wisely, hoping no…

verbs vs adverbs

Grammar 101: Verbs vs. Adverbs

Apr 04, 2018 in Grammar

  What are verbs and adverbs? Simple! An adverb is a verb that has gone into advertising. Okay, that was a joke. But in fact,…

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