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Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Grammar 101: What Does “Quid Pro Quo” Mean?

April 18th, 2014

English borrows a lot from other languages and this includes a number of Latin phrases that persist to this day. You might remember when I wrote about the proper use of e.g. and i.e. and how the former is used to provide examples, whereas the latter is used more for providing meaning or clarification. And [...]

Grammar 101: Mother Lode or Mother Load?

April 10th, 2014

You’ve probably come across a lot of English idioms. Some of them don’t seem to make much sense at all, like saying that it’s raining cats and dogs. Other idioms can almost be taken literally, like talking about winning by a hair’s breadth. These idioms become particularly challenging when the words used are oftentimes only [...]

Grammar 101: What’s the Difference Between Whether and If?

April 3rd, 2014

Realistically, you’ll find that many people will use “whether” and “if” almost interchangeably in casual speech and, in some circumstances, there really is no difference in meaning whether you use one word or the other. That being said, there is a technical difference between the two that arises given certain sentence structures. As a general [...]

Grammar 101: A Hair’s Breath or a Hair’s Breadth

March 25th, 2014

Some English idioms don’t necessarily make all that sense. What on Earth does it really mean to be raining cats and dogs, after all. At the same time, there are other idioms that are reasonably logical. If you break them down, striking a chord or proving your mettle sound about right. And the same can [...]

Foodie Friday: On Macarons and Macaroons

March 14th, 2014

Food is fun, isn’t it? Yesterday, we discussed the confusion that could surround spring rolls and salad rolls, especially when the same term could be used to describe very different dishes. By the same accord, a similar kind of confusion can arise when you have seemingly similar terms for entirely different food items too, as [...]