December 5, 2016

'A' vs. 'An'

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The indefinite articles "a" and "an" come pretty easily most of the time. Still, you can get tripped up if you're not mindful. Here's your guide to getting them right every time.

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Got a Problem With 'No Problem'?
Posted by June on December 5, 2016

Lately I've been hearing from people who don't like to hear "no problem" after they say "thank you." The problem with "no problem," they say, is that it introduces a problem into a situation where there hadn't really been one before -- as if the thanker had imposed some huge burden on the thankee, which that person endured heroically. But when you put alternatives like "you're welcome" under the same scrutiny, they don't hold up well, either. Here's my recent column on the problem alternatives to "no problem."

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