July 24, 2017
Use Your Login to Log InTOPICS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, LOG IN VS LOGIN, VERBS
Sometimes you see "login" and "logoff" as one word. There's no set rule in English, yet. But a good guideline is to use always use the two-word form for the verb. Here's a more thorough guide.
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Forgo and ForegoPosted by June on July 24, 2017
LABELS: COPY EDITING, FORGO AND FORGO, GRAMMAR
I don't know if I've ever seen anyone use the word forego correctly. Most of the time, it's used to mean "to do without," as in, "He'll have to forego using his washing machine for a week." They wanted to write forgo. But instead they chose a word that is at best a "variant" spelling of the word they wanted.
The past tense of forego—forwent—crops up from time to time. The male pioneers forewent the women and children settlers. But that's pretty rare, too.
For the record, unless you want to settle for the variant spelling, the word that means to do without is forgo. No E. With an E, forego means to go before—a job we usually just give to precede.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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