March 16, 2020

The Couple Is or the Couple Are?

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Sometimes it's not clear whether collective nouns like "couple" take a singular or plural verb. In most cases, your ear is your best guide.

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March 9, 2020

Couple Who or Couple That?

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Relative pronouns like "who" and "that" should reflect the thing they refer to when possible, but it's not necessarily an error when they don't. Here's what you need to know about relative pronoun-antecedent agreement.

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March 2, 2020

Apostrophe Refresher

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If you want to appear well-educated, apostrophes are important. Here's a refresher.

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February 24, 2020

Can Anyone Really 'Know' Hyphenation?

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No one really knows how to hyphenate in every situation. But you can still use hyphens well. Here's how.

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February 17, 2020

Whom

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It's better to not use "whom" at all than to use it wrong. Here's how to use it right.

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February 10, 2020

Can you start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'?

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A lot of people think a conjunction like "and," "but" or "so" can't properly start a sentence. It's just not true. But you might want to ditch the "and" anyway.

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February 3, 2020

Lay and Lie

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Have you gotten rusty on lay and lie? Here's your refresher.

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January 27, 2020

Subject-Verb Agreement With Linking Verbs

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Making verbs agree in number with subjects is sometimes easy. Other times not so much. Linking verbs are a case in point. Here's what you need to know.

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January 20, 2020

Adverbs and Adverbials

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An adverb can function as an adverbial, but an adverbial isn't always an adverb. The first term refers to a word class, while the second term refers to a job being performed in a sentence by a word or even a whole phrase. Here's the full story.

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January 13, 2020

Are False Ranges Really a Problem?

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The menu offerings at Joe’s Cafe are diverse, ranging from fresh seafood and meats to pastas and gluten-free entrees.

Believe it or not, a sentence like that can draw a lot of criticism because it contains something often called a false range. It's not an error, per se. But some readers (and editors) look down on using from-blank-to-blank ranges to talk about things that aren't really ranges. Here's what you need to know.

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