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More on the Awful “Like” Word

In my last blog, I began my diatribe against the awful like word. In this edition, we’ll explore some grammar and see how the like word can serve as seven out of the eight parts of speech. Many children develop the like habit at very young ages. If...

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3 years ago

Dates - Month-Year

If you omit the day and just include the month and year, do not use a comma: In January 1945 he was born in a large southern city. We now wish to respond to your July 2006 letter.  Previous: Dates - Day-Month-Year Next: Commas and Elliptical Exp...

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3 years ago

chose, choose

The word chose is the past tense of the verb choose. Often, writers will incorrectly spell choose as chose.Example: They wanted to choose the most inexpensive car, but in the end they chose the nicest one....

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3 years ago

angle - correct spelling

angle noun and verbNot angel.Example: He parked at an angle. nounExample: At that point, the road will angle to the left. verb ...

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3 years ago

desert - correct spelling

desert noun, adjective, and verbNot dessert.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses desert and dessert. Click here for that discussion.Example: He disappeared in the hot, sandy desert and was never seen again. nounExample: She wore a deser...

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3 years ago

influence - correct spelling

influence - noun and verb  Example: The minister exerted undue influence on the parishioner to make her change her will. nounExample: Voter turnout will influence the election results. verb...

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3 years ago

policeman - correct spelling

policeman - noun  Example: The armed policeman overpowered the thug....

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3 years ago

too - correct spelling

adverbNot to.Example: He will come, too.Example: He stood too near the fire....

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3 years ago

improvident - vocabulary

adjectiveLacking foresight; incautious; neglecting to provide for future needs. In the House of Representatives late this afternoon a sensational appeal was made by Representative John J. Fitzgerald of New York to vote against improvident and imprope...

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3 years ago

The Awful “Like” Word – Part I

If you have a “like” habit, the time has come: Break it. Many people cannot make it through a single sentence without scores of “I’m like” and “She was like” and “She’s all . . . .” For good measure, they throw in the like...

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3 years ago

Commas and Elliptical Expressions

Use a CommaUse a comma to show the omission of a word or words readily understood from context: In Illinois, there are seventeen such institutions; in Ohio, twenty-two; in Indiana, three. ExceptionThere is an exception. When, in spite of the omission...

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3 years ago

climactic, climatic

Climactic relates to the word climax as in “the climactic scene” of a movie.Climatic relates to the weather as in “climatic conditions.”Example: The climatic conditions were ripe for a heavy rainfall, but no one expected the flood that led to...

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3 years ago

annual - correct spelling

annual adjectiveExample: We need to study General Motors’ annual report....

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3 years ago

desiccate - correct spelling

desiccate verbExample: The burning sun will desiccate the new plants in her garden....

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3 years ago

influential - correct spelling

influential - adjective  Example: She is an influential lawmaker in the state legislature....

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3 years ago

political - correct spelling

political - adjective  Example: The political debate lasted far into the night....

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3 years ago

tough - correct spelling

adjective, adverb, noun, and verbExample: He’s a tough man to work for. adjectiveExample: He acted tough. adverbExample: He’s one of the local toughs. nounExample: He’ll have to tough it out. verb...

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3 years ago

impugn - vocabulary

verbTo challenge as false, cast doubt upon. “This was a great N.Y.P.D. officer who dedicated himself—put his life in harm’s way hundreds of times during his career—and you can use your own definition,” Mr. [Michael R.] Bloomberg said at a n...

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3 years ago

Commas with Quotation Marks

Comma Goes Inside YouWhen the context calls for a comma at the end of material enclosed in quotation marks, the comma should be placed inside the quotation marks: We should study the report on "discrimination in the workplace," which was written by t...

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3 years ago

clothes, cloths

Clothes are something you wear. Cloths are the bolts of fabric that might ultimately become your clothes. Cloth can be used to describe a very characteristic type of clothing worn in a specific profession or position. The term “man of the cloth” ...

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3 years ago

anoint - correct spelling

anoint verbExample: The nurse tried to anoint the patient’s sores with a cream. ...

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3 years ago

desirable - correct spelling

desirable adjectiveExample: The company found a desirable location for its new store....

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3 years ago

information - correct spelling

information - noun  Example: The attachment to the email provided the information we needed....

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3 years ago

population - correct spelling

population - noun  Example: The U.S. population now exceeds 300 million....

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3 years ago

tournament - correct spelling

nounExample: Carolina won the NCAA basketball tournament....

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3 years ago

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