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What Is an Adjective?

Dec 19, 2018 in Grammar

Adjectives serve a vital function in language. Without them, the world would be a flat, boring place. Want proof? Read the previous two sentences again—this…

Hanukkah or Chanukah

Hanukkah or Chanukah—One Holiday with Two Spellings

Dec 02, 2018 in Writing

’Tis the season to be merry! It’s the time of year to wish friends and family, far and wide, a wonderful season’s greeting. It’s a…

eminent vs. imminent

Knowledge Bomb Imminent: Eminent vs. Imminent

Nov 08, 2018 in Grammar

Prepare for your brain to grow…the arrival of new grammar knowledge is now imminent! As is the case with many words that sound similar, it…

run-on sentence

What Is a Run-On Sentence?

Oct 25, 2018 in Grammar

Few grammatical blunders are as irritating as the run-on sentence. In fact, they can be downright hazardous to your health if you’re reading aloud. Unless…

than vs. then

Than vs. Then: It’s Easier Than You Think

Sep 06, 2018 in Grammar

What a difference one letter can make. Than and then look and sound almost exactly the same, so it’s easy to get them confused. However,…

Sympathy vs. Empathy

Sympathy vs. Empathy: We’re About to Get Emotional

Aug 23, 2018 in Grammar

As an editor, I feel real sympathy—or do I mean empathy?—for writers wrangling with the complexities of English grammar—including figuring out sympathy vs. empathy—and which is better suited…

meteor vs. meteorite

Meteor vs. Meteorite: An Impactful Difference

Aug 16, 2018 in Grammar

  Look up at the night sky. Hurry, or you’ll miss it. What’s that streak of light flashing through the inky blackness of space? A…

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.…

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