September 29, 2014

Palm Off vs. Pawn Off

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Can you "pawn off" some unwanted item onto a friend or loved one? Not really, no. Here are the details ...

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September 22, 2014

Relative Pronoun Antecedent Agreement

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Would you write "It is I who am" or "It is I who is"? And, more important, how can you be sure it's right? The answer lies in the concept known as relative pronoun antecedent agreement and, spoiler alert, the first of our two examples is the one you want. Here's the full explanation.

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September 15, 2014

Appositives

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Some grammar terms aren't important to know. But others can lead you to better use of the language. "Appositive," which means a noun phrase that restates another noun phrase, is one worth learning.

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September 8, 2014

Dashes

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The dash may be the most misunderstood punctuation mark. Here's how to use dashes right.

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September 1, 2014

Upside-down Subordination

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When the most interesting information in your sentence gets stuck in a subordinate clause, it can hurt your writing. Here's how to stay in control.

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August 25, 2014

Action Verbs

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Not to be confused with active voice, action verbs can make the difference between good writing and bad.

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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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