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Grammar 101: Another Comma Demonstration

June 24th, 2016

Punctuation is a funny business. Put a different mark at the end of a word or sentence and you can completely change its perceived meaning. Whereas “hello?” has an inherent questioning tone, “hello!” is much more forceful and “hello…” is more tentative. I’ve written before about the power of the comma. Yesterday, I inadvertently came […]

Grammar 101: Might as Well (Not Minus Well)

June 14th, 2016

In my experience, many of the mistakes that people make with spelling and grammar are caused by the great divide between spoken and written language. Many common phrases are spoken far more often than they are found in everyday print. That’s why people come to write about how to “make due” or that time they […]

Grammar 101: The Girl Is No One

May 30th, 2016

One goose, many geese. One moose, many meese? One mouse, many mice. One house, many hice? English doesn’t make much sense sometimes. You think you’ve got a grasp on a system or a pattern, only to be thrown for a loop with one of the many exceptions. A good example of this is when you […]

Grammar 101: The Past Tense of Cost (Costed)

April 28th, 2016

No one in their right mind thinks that Facebook is a glowing bastion for perfect spelling and grammar. Typos run rampant on the social network, and those can be more easily forgiven in such a casual context, but out-and-out errors still need to be avoided. Just the other day, one of my friends wrote that […]

Grammar 101: A Former Vancouver Man

April 19th, 2016

As I was making my way through my news feeds the other day, I came across a headline that struck me as a little curious. It wasn’t the story itself as much as it was the wording of the article’s title. It told the tale of a “former Vancouver man” who was involved in some […]

Grammar 101: It Gets Worst and Worst

April 12th, 2016

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a news article on the housing market in Vancouver. More specifically, the report discusses how some realtors are only acting out of their own self interest, taking advantage of sellers who simply don’t know any better. They tell their clients that the first offer is […]

Grammar 101: To Jibe and to Jive with You

March 25th, 2016

“I’m sorry, George, but your personality just doesn’t jibe with our company culture.” When we encounter a word in English that is spoken more often than it is written, we can sometimes replace the unfamiliar word with one that is more familiar. We might talk about hitting the mother load when we should really be […]

Grammar 101: Foolproof or Full-Proof

March 3rd, 2016

We use a great variety of terms in the English language over the course of regular conversation. Many of these terms we may bring them up while speaking with one another in person or on the phone, but we may not use them in our writing nearly as often. As a result, many people may […]