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Serving as Other Parts of Speech

Prepositions Serving Double DutyMany words that serve as prepositions also serve as other parts of speech. The word up, for example, acts as a preposition: He looked ...

set, sit

Generally, sit is something you do yourself, while set is something you do to something else.The verb sit is ...

Seven Varieties of Pronouns

The first pronouns our forbears invented were the (1) personal pronouns, words that could substitute for Igor, Amber, and other members of the tribe. Then they invented (2) reflexive and intensive pronouns, those ‑self word...

several - correct spelling

adjective
Example: We have several programs to propose....

severely - correct spelling

adverb
Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that di...

Sexism - Other Solutions

Other tricks can help you avoid the problem of sexist writing:1. When you need a possessive pronoun, don’t write his or her. Instead, use an article so that the need for a pronoun goes away. ...

Sexism - Proposed Solution

Make your antecedents plural.Refer to people, not a person. Refer to readers, not a reader. Talk about neighbors, not a neighbor. Then you can use they, their...

Sexist Writing

Sexist Writing - A QuagmireWhen Amber, Igor, and Miss Hamrick developed our language, they dreamed up another rule:Pronouns must agree with the gender of the nouns they replace or refer to. A ...

shall vs. will vs. going to

A lot of people get confused on correct usage ...

Shall we fix the chapter title?

The chapter title read: “You and him confuse the case of pronouns.” Let’s fix it:You and he confuse the case of pronouns.Remember, when a pronoun acts as a subject, you...

shall, will

In American English, the auxiliary verb will universally shows futurity for all persons: first, second, and third. Thus: I will go to the ...

Shear vs. Sheer

Her sheer hard work sheared all the obstacles in her way to success. Sheer and shear are two words that have the same origin and sound but entirely different meanings. They are often confused...

shepherd - correct spelling

noun and verb
Not shephard or sheperd.Example: The shepherd guarded his sheep. noun...

sheriff - correct spelling

noun
Example: The sheriff arrested the burglar....

shining - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb shine) and adjective
See shinning
.Example: ...

shinning - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb shin)See shining
.Example: He was sh...

shish kebab - correct spelling

noun
Example: We served shish kebab at the party....

shone, shown

Shone is both the past tense and the past participle of shine, which means “emit light.” (Shine...

should - correct spelling

auxiliary verb
Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses should and would. Click here for that discussion....

Should vs. Ought to vs. Must

Should – generally should is used to indicate an advice or the best suggestion for a situation. ...

should, would

In American English, we use the auxiliary verb should with all three persons (first, second, third) to express a sense of duty. Thus: ...

shoulder - correct spelling

noun and verb
Example: His injured left shoulder kept him on the sidelines. noun
Example: He ...

show vs. shew

Professor R. L. Trask (Ph.D. in linguistics) has the following to say on show and shew: Except in quotations and in certain legal contexts, the spelling shew for show is now obsolete and should not be used. The past t...

Showing Abbreviation

A Sentence Ending with an AbbreviationThe period shows abbreviations such as Co., Ave., Corp., Bldg., and a host of others. If a sentence ends in an abbreviated word, the single period serves double duty to ...

shriek - correct spelling

verb and noun
Not shreek.Example: She will shriek when she learns about the new car. verb...

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