August 18, 2014

AP's Change on 'Over' Is Less Than Meets the Eye

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The Associated Press Stylebook recently changed its stance against using "over" to mean "more than." End of the world as we know it? Nah.

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August 11, 2014

The Generic Pronoun 'One'

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One must consider how one sounds when opting for this often formal-sounding pronoun.

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August 4, 2014

Pirate Talk and the Subjunctive

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If you be interested in the grammar of talking like a pirate, this podcast is fer ye.

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July 28, 2014

Modal Auxiliaries

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled lineup of grammar myth-busting and other lighthearted stuff to bring you some hardcore grammar. "Can," "could," "may," "might," and some other verbs are called modal auxiliaries and have some interesting properties you may have never noticed. Here's more ...

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July 14, 2014

'Have Got'

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Those two little words, when used together, can cause a lot of trouble. Here's what you need to know to avoid it. (Spoiler: The anti-"have got" cops don't quite get it.)

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July 7, 2014

How to Write People's Titles

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The President or the president? General Manager Susan Brady or general manager Susan Brady? Capt. John Miller or captain John Miller? Here are some guidelines to help you decide.

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June 30, 2014

Who, What, When, Where, Why

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Proper grammar, usage and punctuation are all well and good. But content is even more important than form.

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June 23, 2014

Spacing After Punctuation

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Use just one space between sentences and a full space on either side of an ellipsis. Dashes take a space on either side in AP style but no spaces in Chicago style. And initials, like W. E. B. Dubois take no spaces in AP but do take spaces in Chicago. Here are the details plus a few exceptions ...

 

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June 16, 2014

Rob vs. Burglarize

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If you're in law enforcement, by all means treat these as separate words. But self-appointed grammar cops don't have the same authority.

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June 9, 2014

Done and Finished

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Sure, you're finished with that meal. But are  you also done with it?

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