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Many people start off letters with as per your request and similar fluff.For many years, standard texts on writing have condemned this wordy and pompous expression: This hybrid is inexcusable. Instead of “as per your request” say “in accordance...

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3 years ago

already - correct spelling

already adverbNote: The two-word expression all ready means “entirely ready” or “prepared.” The one-word expression already means “previously” or “so soon.” Though indistinguishable in speech, these expressions should appear properly ...

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3 years ago

definite - correct spelling

definite adjectiveNot definate.Note: The adjectives definite and definitive both describe something precisely defined or explicitly set forth. The word definitive, however, refers to something serving as a standard. The definitive decision of the cou...

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3 years ago

immigrant - correct spelling

immigrant - noun  Grammar.com's section on Problem Words discusses immigrate and emigrate. Click here for that discussion.Example: The immigrant came to this country in search of the American dream....

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3 years ago

plane - correct spelling

plane - noun and verb  Not plain.Example: The top of the box formed a horizontal plane. nounExample: At high speeds, the boat will plane out of the water. verbExample: We plan to drive to Chicago and then plane to Los Angeles. verb (informal)...

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3 years ago

therefore - correct spelling

adverb and conjunctive adverbExample: He therefore decided to sell the farm. adverbExample: His profits fell; therefore, he decided to sell the farm. conjunctive adverbSee therefor....

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3 years ago

heinous - vocabulary

adjectiveOdious, hateful, totally reprehensible. If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.—Peggy Noonan What I Saw at the Revo...

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Joining Two Elements

In a series consisting of just two elements, ordinarily you should not use a comma with the conjunction. This mistake usually occurs in a sentence with two verbs: The committee revisited this issue and created a new rule to guide the actions of super...

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3 years ago

awake, awaken, wake, waken

These words often trip up writers and speakers. All four of them have similar meanings, though some have usages the others cannot perform. Let’s start with some with unique features.Only wake can appear in expressions like waking and sleeping or ev...

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3 years ago

alright - correct spelling

alright The word alright is misspelled. See all right.See Grammar.com's section on Problem Words for a discussion of all right, alright....

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3 years ago

definitely - correct spelling

definitely adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: We have definitely decided to buy a Ford Escape....

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3 years ago

implement - correct spelling

implement - verb and noun  Example: Congress failed to implement the new program to improve the schools. verbExample: The electric screwdriver is the most useful implement in his toolbox. noun...

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3 years ago

planning - correct spelling

planning - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb plan) and noun  Example: She is planning a small wedding. verbExample: After considerable planning, the company launched the product. noun...

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3 years ago

they're - correct spelling

contractionNote: For a discussion of their, there, and they’re, see Grammar.com’s section on Common Grammatical Mistakes. Click here for the beginning of that discussion.Example: They’re not taking their best clothes over there. contraction...

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3 years ago

homogeneous - vocabulary

adjectiveComposed of elements or parts of the same kind; essentially alike. Israel's new deputy prime minister on Sunday called for a near-total separation between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land, sparking a wave of condemnation less than a week afte...

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3 years ago

promulgate - vocabulary

verb To make known through public declaration; formally proclaim; publish. Note: In law, we say that Congress enacted a statute. But we say that a federal agency promulgated a regulation. One need not be a Scientologist—as I emphatically am not—t...

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3 years ago

Commas and Independent Clauses

Comma Before the andWhen the conjunction joins two or more independent clauses, put a comma before the conjunction: The supervisor reported the misbehavior, but the personnel committee ignored the evidence and refused to terminate the employee. There...

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3 years ago

bad, badly

Bad ordinarily acts as an adjective, badly as an adverb. Bad normally describes how things are while badly describes how things might act or appearMany people make mistakes with the linking verb feel. A linking verb links the subject of a sentence to...

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3 years ago

although - correct spelling

although subordinating conjunctionNote: The conjunctions although and though are generally interchangeable. You should use though, however, when it’s used to form an elliptical clause or to join other parts of speech. See the examples below.Example...

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3 years ago

definition - correct spelling

definition nounExample: His definition of the word profit confused the shareholders.Example: In the rain, the scene lost its definition....

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3 years ago

inadvertent - correct spelling

inadvertent - adjective  Not inadvertant.Example: Though his mistake was inadvertent, it was also costly....

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3 years ago

playwright - correct spelling

playwright - noun  Not playwrite.Example: As a playwright, he penned many award winners....

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3 years ago

thorough - correct spelling

adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses thorough, through, and threw. Click here for that discussion.Example: His thorough investigation turned up no evidence of fraud.See through....

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3 years ago

hoodwink - vocabulary

verbTo deceive, trick, cheat, swindle. British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons programme, as a US intelligence report claimed last week, and believe the CIA has been hoodwinked by Teheran.—Tim Shipman, Phil...

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3 years ago

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