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Posts Tagged ‘grammar tips’

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 […]

Grammar 101: My Wife’s In-Laws

December 22nd, 2015

Sometimes, errors in spelling and grammar arise because we overthink the matter and end up over-correcting our writing. That’s how someone might say that the cake is being shared by John and I when they really should be saying the cake is being shared by John and me (or me and John). Other times, we […]

Grammar 101: Whiz, Whizz, Wiz Kid?

December 15th, 2015

Words that are spoken far more often than they are written, particularly more colloquial terms in casual speech, can oftentimes be a point of confusion when it comes to the correct spelling. One such example is when you talk about running the gauntlet when you really should be running the gamut. And such is also […]

Grammar 101: Enroute, En Route or On Route

December 4th, 2015

As you’ve likely noticed by now, English is hardly the most logical language on the planet. We are taught all sorts of rules in school about how to spell certain words or how we should construct our sentences, only to learn of countless exceptions to said rules. Part of this is because English is effectively […]

Grammar 101: Forgo, Forego, Foregone

October 2nd, 2015

One letter can make all the difference. It’s a notion that has come up time and time again in this Grammar 101 series. You may have also noticed that the English language is hardly stagnant and it continues to change and evolve with the times. A good example of this is how we have come […]

Grammar 101: Martial, Marshal, Marshall

September 25th, 2015

A recurring theme has popped up again and again with the Grammar 101 series on this blog. Words that sound the same but have entirely different meanings and spellings can be awfully confusing, especially if these words aren’t written down all that often. We’re coming right back to the struggle with homophones once again, this […]

Grammar 101: Chewing on Cables

August 20th, 2015

As we discussed in the little story about the girl who likes cookies more than most people, it is of paramount importance to be as clear with your writing as possible. When you leave your words open to interpretation, readers might get the wrong idea and misconstrue what you’re trying to say. And this applies […]