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principal vs principle

Grammar 101: Principle vs Principal

Oct 12, 2017 in Grammar

“Principal” and “principle” are two similar terms that are very easy to confuse, and even experienced writers sometimes mix the two words up. In this…

whose vs who's

Who’s Right? Explaining Whose vs. Who’s

Sep 21, 2017 in Grammar

Everyone makes the occasional typo or grammatical slip-up. That’s why we have editors—and Facebook friends who insist on correcting our use of whose vs. who’s…

use v utilize

Grammar 101: Use vs. Utilize

Aug 03, 2017 in Grammar

Use vs. utilize...which is right? “Use” and "utilize" may sound like two versions of the same word, but they are not, in fact, exactly synonymous.…

En Dash

Aw, That Damn Dash: What’s the Difference Between En and Em Dashes?

Jul 21, 2017 in Grammar

Perhaps the most confused and misunderstood of punctuation marks in English is the dash—particularly the en and em dashes. You’ve probably heard about them, but…

Loose or Lose

English Grammar 101: Lose vs. Loose

Oct 28, 2013 in Grammar

Lose vs. loose ...which is right? Short Answer Loose: able to be removed, not tight Lose: to misplace something, to be deprived of something Long…

punctuation tips

English Grammar 101: Do I Put the Period Inside or Outside the Quotation Marks?

Jun 25, 2013 in Grammar

Do I put the period inside or outside the quotation marks? Short Answer The period always goes inside the quotation marks. (This, however, is not…

Faze or Phase

English Grammar 101: Faze vs. Phase

May 30, 2013 in Grammar

What’s that you say? You’re not fazed with the difference between phase and faze? Well, you ought to be! Faze vs. phase...which is right? These words…

ie or eg

English Grammar 101: When to Use I.e. vs. E.g.

Oct 22, 2012 in Grammar

I.e. vs. E.g. Everyone knows that i.e. and e.g. are abbreviations (we think it’s the periods that give it away, but maybe that’s just us).…

farther or further

English Grammar 101: Farther vs. Further

Feb 15, 2012 in Grammar

Farther vs. further...which is right? Short Answer Farther describes physical distance, while further describes figurative distance. In some cases, when the distinction between physical and…

Quite or Quiet

English Grammar 101: Quite and Quiet

Jan 26, 2012 in Grammar

You may ask, "Why are we doing a post on two common, not-confused-very-often words? Everyone knows what quiet and quite mean!" Well, the answer is…

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