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Grammar 101: Childcare, Child-Care, Elder Care and Elderly Care

July 28th, 2014

If you were to follow the journalistic style standards set out by the Associated Press, they’d tell you that you should be writing “health care” as two words and not as the single word “healthcare.” However, just as I typed those terms into my web browser, neither of them came up as a spelling mistake. […]

Grammar 101: Wreak Havoc or Reek Havoc

July 18th, 2014

It’s very convenient that most modern devices will automatically check and even correct our spelling for us. However, this has also led to many people using the wrong word under the wrong context, because it’s not technically a spelling error. Havoc can be roughly defined as absolute disorder, disaster or destruction. If you cry havoc […]

Grammar 101: On Brackets and Parentheses

July 10th, 2014

It is important to realize that using the right punctuation at the right time can be just as important as correct spelling or proper word choice. In previous entries of Grammar 101, we’ve taken a look at colons and semicolons, for instance, as well as how a well-placed comma can completely alter the meaning of […]

Grammar 101: Confusing Singulars and Plurals

June 27th, 2014

At the most fundamental level, most English speakers understand that they should match the verb to the noun. If you have a singular subject, then the verb should be conjugated accordingly. He goes to the store, but they go to the store. Jim reads books, but the students read books. This is mostly straightforward. Some […]

Grammar 101: Is It All Right to Use Alright?

June 19th, 2014

You will encounter many challenges when you go from a spoken language to a written language. There are so many words that we utter in everyday speech that many of us don’t necessarily know how to spell. Segway and segue are a good example of this. Another example is are the terms “all right” (two […]

Grammar 101: On Chefs and Cooks

June 5th, 2014

When you see someone in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal, do you refer to this person as a chef or a cook? Is there any difference between the two terms? Well, there are many words in the English language that we think are completely interchangeable. If you aren’t feeling well, you may decide […]

Grammar 101: On Compound Words

May 29th, 2014

The English language is constantly evolving, as it has to adapt to the changing world all around it, as well as our interpretation of the world. You might remember last week when we discussed how hyphens can provide clarity, but when a term becomes increasingly commonplace, the hyphen can sometimes get dropped. This is also […]

Grammar 101: The Power of the Hyphen

May 22nd, 2014

Proper punctuation is kind of a big deal. Yes, it may be true that errant apostrophe use won’t have a dramatic impact on the meaning of a sentence, but other punctuation marks can make all the difference. One such example is the lowly hyphen. A hyphen, which should not be confused with a dash, is […]