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Stop! Grammar time!

Oof. “Best known as the drummer and lyricist of the Canadian rock trio, Rush, [Neil] Peart was also a successful + more

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Breaking news from Formula 1 today: “a first proper look at both the cars that will do battle in 2021, + more

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I was reading a pretty interesting article this morning about how a Pittsburgh TV celebrity rigged the state lottery back + more

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Because these things matter, if only to keep the barbarians beyond the gates for a little while longer: An abbreviation + more

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Can we talk about the word belated? Here’s how The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (fourth edition) defines + more

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This one came up just today: Is majority singular or plural? Well…yes. Let’s take a look at a couple of + more

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Jealous vs. envious. Synonyms? Not quite. Let’s say you see Skooch roll up to helveticka world headquarters in his sweet new + more

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When people ask me for advice on writing,* I’ll often respond with “Never use utilize. Always use use.” Sure, it’s + more

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Let’s talk about compounds and hyphenation. Y’all know what a compound is, right? Two or more words, put together, that + more

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Let’s talk about anyway, any way, and anyways. Because there is, in fact, a difference. Anyway is an adverb that + more

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Sarah Sweet’s “Barbarians at the Gates of Grammar” reminds me a little bit of Mark Twain’s apocryphal “When I was a boy of + more

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In One Day in the Life of the English Language: A Microcosmic Usage Handbook (Princeton University Press, 2015), Frank L. + more

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Unwieldy? Or unwieldly? This is a tough one—because neither the correct word nor its root are all that common these days. We generally + more

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Which pronoun is best when referring to a person: who or that? For a long time, I’ve labored under that + more

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Regular reader Mike W. (not his real name) has a question: “Is it all right to use alright instead of + more

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