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Born vs. Borne

These often cause confusion because they both come from the word to bear.  Born is an adjective (a born actor) or a verb (she was born on December 8th). In this sense, born refers to actual or figurative birth. Borne … Continue reading

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Dangling Participle

Hopping on the bus, my keys fell out of my pocket. That’s a dangling participle. The participle, “Hopping on the bus,” appears before the main clause, which is often the case with participles. However, in this case, the participle appears … Continue reading

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Grammar Nazis

These are people, usually misinformed, who go about correcting everything, even when they are wrong. They become especially militant when it comes to social media and email, refusing to acknowledge things like autocorrect, which can make writing on the fly … Continue reading

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Correcting People Is Bad Manners

You know what annoys me? People who correct other people’s grammar. Especially since half the time – and I say this as a former professional proofreader who’s had to deal with such issues for a long time – especially since … Continue reading

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Good vs. Well

Below are sources indicating that it is grammatically correct to say “I’m good.” “Well” describes one’s health. “Good” describes one’s emotional state. “I’m Good” Versus “I’m Well” Good vs. Well http://grammarist.com/usage/good-or-well/ An exception, of course, is when someone asks you how … Continue reading

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Capitalization for Emphasis Is a Bad Idea

We’ve seen random capitalization on the streets. It’s usually a crude attempt to capitalize for emphasis. Not a good idea. Stick with title case or sentence case.

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Hear hear vs. here here

It’s hear hear! and not here here! https://www.grammarly.com/blog/here-here-vs-hear-hear/ https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hear%21%20Hear%21      

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The Correct Punctuation of Donald Trump, Jr.,’s Name

The Correct Punctuation of Donald Trump, Jr.,’s Name: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-correct-punctuation-of-donald-trump-jrs-name?mbid=social_facebook  

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Irregardless

Please check out a video from Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. This means that she is a writer and editor of dictionaries. And check out her book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries  

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Yes and No

People are often confused about how to punctuate occurrences of yes and no. The answer, according to The Chicago Manual of Style is simple: yes and no So it is: She said yes. and NOT: She said, “Yes.” Notice there … Continue reading

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