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Grammar 101: Aisle and Isle

April 23rd, 2015

It never ceases to amaze me how many of these Grammar 101 posts are inspired by status updates on Facebook. Today is no exception. Now, it’s important to note that I’m not faulting any of my Facebook friends for making such errors, per se, so long as they endeavor to avoid making the same mistakes […]

Grammar 101: A Nervous Tick

April 17th, 2015

Having an automatic spell checking utility built into your web browser, app or mobile device can be a very helpful thing. It can help you catch those random errors and typos that you may make. It can also give you a false sense of confidence that you are spelling your words correctly. This is perhaps […]

Grammar 101: Allergic vs. Allergenic

April 9th, 2015

The words “allergic” and “allergenic” are both related to allergies, but they have different meanings and cannot be used interchangeably. This is similar to what we find with word pairs like venomous and poisonous. A snake might be venomous (active administration of poison), while certain plants might be poisonous (passive administration of poison). So, what’s […]

Grammar 101: Hold Down the Fort

April 2nd, 2015

No one ever said that English idioms have to make logical sense. I don’t think there are going to be too many circumstances where any old fellow could indeed be determined as the uncle of a monkey. I also don’t think that rainfall would ever get quite so torrential as to cause a number of […]

Grammar 101: On Collective Nouns

March 17th, 2015

In your writing, it is important to be mindful of subject-verb agreement. A singular noun corresponds to one form of a verb, while a plural noun correponds with a different form of a verb. He chooses, but they choose. Joan runs, but the cats run. This can be complicated with the introduction of collective nouns. […]

Grammarly Instantly Proofreads Your Work

March 12th, 2015

It’s undeniable that there is a lot more to great writing than simply having perfect spelling and grammar. That being said, as you may have been able to surmise from the Grammar 101 series, proper grammar is still very important. This is especially true in a professional context. And while there is no true replacement […]

Grammar 101: “I Am Bias” (Biased)

March 3rd, 2015

A recurring theme here with the Grammar 101 series on Beyond the Rhetoric is that many of the errors people make with grammar are caused by the combination of two factors. First, there are many phrases and idioms that are spoken more often than they are written. Second, the ubiquity of spell check and autocorrect […]

Grammar 101: Using “Per Se”

February 20th, 2015

Having a spell checker integrated into your operating system, word processor or web browser seems like such a great idea. You can easily pick up on your errors and typos as you go along, ensuring that you have the right spelling for everything you write… except when you come across a term like “per se” […]