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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

Grammar 101: Critique and Criticism

July 19th, 2016

On the surface, the words “critique” and “criticism” sound like they are fundamentally the same. Someone is offering his or her opinion on something. That something could be a painting, a movie, a smartphone, a social event… just about anything. The person has evaluated this thing and he or she has something to say about […]

Grammar 101: Maybe vs. May Be

July 11th, 2016

Change one letter and you can completely alter the meaning of a word. We see this with “affect” and “effect.” And then you get more confusing situations like with “all right” and “alright,” but what if the only difference is the inclusion or omission of a space? Do you know when you should use “maybe” […]

Grammar 101: Deep-Seated or Deep-Seeded?

May 13th, 2016

Jeff harbored a deep-seated resentment against his father. The XYZ Foundation bases its decisions on a set of deep-seated beliefs. Carol’s deep-seated sense of loyalty convinced her to stay despite grossly unfavorable conditions. The phrasal adjective “deep-seated” is another one of those English idioms that can be a source of confusion, even among native speakers. […]

Grammar 101: Chomping at the Bit

May 6th, 2016

Idiomatic phrases like this demonstrate once again that English can be a terribly confusing language. Something that seems perfectly logical and correct could be seen as wrong. Are you champing at the bit to find out what’s right?

Grammar 101: A Former Vancouver Man

April 19th, 2016

As I was making my way through my news feeds the other day, I came across a headline that struck me as a little curious. It wasn’t the story itself as much as it was the wording of the article’s title. It told the tale of a “former Vancouver man” who was involved in some […]

Grammar 101: It Gets Worst and Worst

April 12th, 2016

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a news article on the housing market in Vancouver. More specifically, the report discusses how some realtors are only acting out of their own self interest, taking advantage of sellers who simply don’t know any better. They tell their clients that the first offer is […]

Grammar 101: Make Due or Make Do?

April 1st, 2016

Today is April Fools’ Day and you should probably be weary about just about anything you read online. While I have indulged in some pranks and gags in previous, this Grammar 101 post is more about making sure you don’t look the fool when you want to talk about coping or managing with limited resources. […]

Grammar 101: To Jibe and to Jive with You

March 25th, 2016

“I’m sorry, George, but your personality just doesn’t jibe with our company culture.” When we encounter a word in English that is spoken more often than it is written, we can sometimes replace the unfamiliar word with one that is more familiar. We might talk about hitting the mother load when we should really be […]