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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 […]

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 […]