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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

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: 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 […]

Grammar 101: On Chefs and Cooks

June 5th, 2014

When you see someone in the kitchen whipping up a delicious meal, do you refer to this person as a chef or a cook? Is there any difference between the two terms? Well, there are many words in the English language that we think are completely interchangeable. If you aren’t feeling well, you may decide […]

Grammar 101: On Compound Words

May 29th, 2014

The English language is constantly evolving, as it has to adapt to the changing world all around it, as well as our interpretation of the world. You might remember last week when we discussed how hyphens can provide clarity, but when a term becomes increasingly commonplace, the hyphen can sometimes get dropped. This is also […]

Grammar 101: All About Tailor-Made Suits

May 15th, 2014

Even though some words and terms seem like they have fundamentally the same meaning, there are some very important distinctions to make. For instance, referring to someone as either a critic and a reviewer is not exactly the same thing. And when you decide that you’d like to get a suit, you want to make […]

Grammar 101: Fair, Fare and Faire

May 8th, 2014

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same way, but have different meanings. A very common example would be when people confuse there, their and they’re. It can be challenging when a word sounds exactly the same way and you don’t write it down all that often. Even so, you need to be careful that […]

Grammar 101: The Difference Between Sex and Gender

May 1st, 2014

In today’s society, many people use the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably. Under most circumstances, this can be forgiven as you won’t be losing very much as far as meaning goes, but there is an important fundamental difference between the two terms. The word sex, in this context, refers to the biological characteristics of the […]