August 31, 2015

'Alright' or 'All Right'?

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One of them is more right than the other. (Spoiler: It's "all right.") Here's the full story.

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August 24, 2015

Existential 'There'

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Ever ponder the difference between a sentence like "A cat was howling in the alley" and "There was a cat howling in the alley"? It's called "existential there."

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August 17, 2015

Scare Quotes

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If you want to say that someone you know is a real "winner," that's a job for scare quotes.

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August 10, 2015

Friends Don't Let Friends Use 'Irregardless'?

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It's probably grammarphiles' most-hated word. But is "irregardless" wrong?

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August 3, 2015

3 Expressions You're Probably Using Wrong

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Ever say a son is the spitting image of his father? Have you used "all tolled" or "all intensive purposes"? Then listen up for the right versions of these expressions.

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July 27, 2015

Titles of Works: Quote Marks or Itals?

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A minor point, yet one of the questions I get most: Do you put book, movie, etc., titles in quotation marks or italics? The answer is it depends mostly on style. Here are the guidelines you can follow.

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July 20, 2015

Shared Possessives

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Is it Jane and Bob's kids, or Jane's and Bob's kids? Depends on whether they parent together. Here's what you need to now about "shared possessives."

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July 13, 2015

More Easily Confused Words

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Waiver, breath, brooch, vise -- these words and others are just waiting to trip you up.

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July 6, 2015

When to Put Periods and Spaces in Initials

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Is it WC Fields, W.C. Fields, or W. C. Fields? Depends on whose rules you're following. Here's how to choose well.

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June 29, 2015

Preventive or Preventative?

 

The choice between preventive and preventative has spawned some pretty silly battles in the language wars. You can use either. But preventive is the safer choice. Here's the full story.

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