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Posts Tagged ‘grammar tips’

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 […]

Grammar 101: I Like Black Coffee and Donuts

February 22nd, 2016

One of the most critical objectives when it comes to your writing is ensuring that your words are properly understood by the reader. You generally want to minimize any ambiguity, because you don’t want your words to be misconstrued or misinterpreted. It’s not that the words themselves are incorrect or inaccurate; it’s the way that […]

Grammar 101: Astrology and Astronomy

February 2nd, 2016

Even when two words might share a common origin, we naturally cannot assume that they still have the same meaning. No one is going to confuse a handgun for a handbag, just as you wouldn’t mistake someone’s biology for their biography. And as we gaze up into the night sky and behold the wonders of […]

Grammar 101: A Quantum Leap

January 4th, 2016

How often do we find ourselves using certain words, positively confident that we know what they mean, only to be flabbergasted to learn that they mean something else entirely? I remember when a friend asked me if I had “made an RSVP” for dinner yet, when she really should have asked me if I had […]