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Grammar 101: Decent and Descent

October 13th, 2015

In many of the Grammar 101 entries on this blog, we discuss pairs of words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. The homophones copyright and copywrite are a good example of that. And then you’ve got words that almost sound the same but are quite obviously different from one […]

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: What Is That in Dog Years?

September 11th, 2015

The English language contains a great number of colloquialisms and idioms that don’t necessarily make much logical sense. It can’t literally be raining cats and dogs, but you could care less. Some of these bother me more than others. One concept that has always rubbed me the wrong way is the idea of “dog years” […]

Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide

August 28th, 2015

Even though my infant daughter probably doesn’t understand much (if any) of what I’m saying, I read her a bedtime story (or three) every night. It’s really more about looking at the pictures and listening to the sound of my voice. We’ve gone through a lot of books and she definitely has some favorites. One […]

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 […]

Grammar 101: Grisly, Grizzly and Grizzled

August 10th, 2015

It was a grizzled night for the man with the grisly beard when he stumbled upon an angry grizzly bear in the woods. Nope, that’s not right at all. While we don’t encounter problems with these words nearly as often as we do with there, their and they’re or queue and cue, it’s still important […]

Grammar 101: “My Friday”

July 31st, 2015

“Man, I’ve been working so hard these last few days and I’m absolutely exhausted. It’s a good thing that tomorrow is my Friday. I’m going to celebrate by going out for Wing Wednesdays after work tomorrow.” Do you see the problem with the above statement? This person is referring to tomorrow as “my Friday,” but […]