December 9, 2019

Anymore vs. Any More

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Wondering whether "any more" should be one word or two? Listen up.

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December 2, 2019

OK, O.K., Okay: Which Should You Choose?

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They're all OK/O.K./okay, of course. But it's nice to know what's expected where.

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November 25, 2019

All Right vs. Alright

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Alright is super-annoying to a lot of copy editors. But is it wrong? Technically no. Here's the full story.

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November 18, 2019

'Thru' for 'Through'? It's up to you

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Thru is getting more acceptable with each passing year. But that doesn't mean it's always a good idea.

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November 11, 2019

Existential 'There'

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In a sentence like "There is something you should know," there is functioning as something called existential there, in which it's a subject even though it's not the doer of the action know. Here's an overview of existential there.

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November 4, 2019

Scare Quotes

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You probably know by now that scare quotes have nothing to do with Halloween. But chances are you don't know everything you need to know to use these quotes, which call out questionable words and expressions, correctly. Here's the full story.

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October 28, 2019

Irregardless

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Every language lover's least favorite word, "irregardless" is a term to be avoided but not to be criticized because, technically, it's acceptable. Here's what you need to know.

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October 21, 2019

All Intensive Purposes? Spitting Image?

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Is it "all intensive purposes" or "all intents and purposes"? How about "all told" vs. "all tolled," "one and the same" or "one in the same," and "spit and image" vs. "spitting image"? Here's a look at some of the most commonly confused terms.

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October 14, 2019

Ted and Jen's cars or Ted's and Jen's cars?

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Shared possessives work like this: if ownership is shared, the owners have to share a single apostrophe and S. So if Ted and Jen share ownership of two cars, those are Ted and Jen's cars. But if Ted has one car and Jen has a different car and you're talking about them together, it's Ted's and Jen's cars. Here's more on shared possessives ...

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October 7, 2019

Waiver, Brooch, Vise: Easily Confused Words

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English has a lot of words that are very easy to mistake for other words. The only way to get them right is know about them beforehand. Here are some common ones to watch out for.

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