there vs. their

There vs. Their: Location, Location, Location

Aug 08, 2018 in Grammar

There vs. their is one of the most common linguistic bar fights in the English language. The two words are pronounced exactly the same way…

what is an appositive?

What Is an Appositive?

Aug 01, 2018 in Grammar

Sometimes it seem like grammar is full of stuffy, stodgy terms. What is a participle, for example? What the heck does antecedent mean? What’s an…

awhile vs. a while

Awhile vs. a While: A Wily Writer’s Guide to Using While Well

Jul 26, 2018 in Grammar

  Once in a while, I like to sit awhile on my front porch, whiling away a free hour or two while drinking some lemonade.…

nauseous vs. nauseated

A Potentially Nauseating Grammar Question: Nauseous vs. Nauseated

Jul 19, 2018 in Grammar

  If you’re not feeling well, are you feeling nauseous or nauseated? The nauseous vs. nauseated issue is often confusing because of how each word’s…

how to write a book title

How to Write a Book Title

Jul 12, 2018 in Writing

“Never judge a book by its cover,” they say—yet almost everyone does. And one of the main things readers judge is the book’s title. For…

imply vs. infer

Imply vs. Infer: How to Infer the Difference

Jul 06, 2018 in Grammar

I don’t want to make any offensive implications, but I’m going to infer that since you’re reading this, you get confused by the question of…

biennial vs biannual

Biennial vs. Biannual: Two Words, Twice the Meaning

Jun 28, 2018 in Grammar

  Biennially, I make sure to review the difference between biennial and biannual. Otherwise, I’ll get confused more than biannually! By the end of this…

well vs. good

Well vs. Good: Using Good Grammar to Write Well

Jun 21, 2018 in Grammar

  Most people understand the difference between good vs. evil—a trickier subject is the distinction between well vs. good. For two positive words, well and…

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…

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