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Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Grammar 101: For All Intents and Purposes

October 9th, 2014

English can be confusing enough for someone who has grown up as a native speaker, never mind for someone who is trying to learn it as a second language. For every rule in English, there are innumerable exceptions. And then there is the never-ending list of English idioms that either don’t make logical sense or […]

Grammar 101: Toe the Line or Tow the Line?

October 2nd, 2014

You may have heard the English idiom “to toe the line.” Oftentimes, it’s used in the context of work, where employees are told to “toe the company line.” The workers are being told to conform to the rules, principles and policies of the company, to do exactly as they are told and not to veer […]

Grammar 101: European and American Date Formats

September 25th, 2014

When you’re filling out a passport application, a courier waybill or any number of other documents, there’s a good chance that you have to enter the date. Even when you were handing in your elementary school assignments, there was a line near the top of the page where you were told to enter today’s date. […]

Grammar 101: Nerve-Racking or Nerve-Wracking?

September 16th, 2014

English idioms don’t necessarily make a lot of logical sense. You can’t literally offer a salesperson an arm and a leg for the latest sports car. You’re not exactly “spilling the beans” when you “let the cat out of the bag” either. And these idioms get even more challenging when they are used verbally more […]

Grammar 101: On Plural Forms and Adding S to Everything

September 5th, 2014

When toddlers and children first start learning the English language, they have an intuitive sense for picking up on grammar rules. Without even knowing it, they pick up on the idea that adding -ed to the end of a verb makes it past tense. I climbed the tree. I played the piano. The problem is […]

Grammar 101: On Parentheses, Commas and Em Dashes

August 7th, 2014

What punctuation you choose to use and where you choose to use it can have just as much of an impact on the meaning or interpretation of a sentence as the actual words being written (or said). Today, we’re taking a look at three different ways that you can add a little more to your […]

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 […]