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impervious - vocabulary

adjectiveImpenetrable, as in impervious to rain; incapable of being injured or impaired, as in impervious to wear and tear; incapable of being persuaded, influenced, or affected, as in impervious to another person’s suffering. Over the past several...

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3 years ago

Dates - Month-Day-Year

Comma After the YearWhen you indicate month, day, and year, put a comma after the day and after the year (unless some other punctuation mark, like a period or question mark, follows the year). Include these commas even if the month-day-year expressio...

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3 years ago

cannot, can not, cannot but

Use one word, not two. Thus: cannot.Can’t is the contracted form of cannot, meaning the negative of can. In formal writing, it is perfectly acceptable to use contractions.Some object to the idiomatic expressions cannot but and can but, criticizing ...

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3 years ago

analyze - correct spelling

analyze verbExample: You must analyze all options. ...

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3 years ago

describe - correct spelling

describe verbExample: He tried to describe the beauty of the sunset and the Florida palms....

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3 years ago

indispensable - correct spelling

indispensable - adjective  Not indispensible.Example: His putter was the indispensable club in his golf bag....

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3 years ago

poinsettia - correct spelling

poinsettia - noun  Not pointsettia.Example: The red poinsettia graced the Christmas table....

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3 years ago

tomorrow - correct spelling

noun and adverbExample: Tomorrow will be warm and sunny. nounExample: “I won’t think about that now. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” —Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. adverb...

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3 years ago

implicate, implicit - vocabulary

verbImplicate: to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner, as in He was implicated in the crime; to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood; to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a ...

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3 years ago

The “Like” Word Threatens Your Career

In my last blog, we looked at some grammar governing the use of the like word. Now let’s see what the experts have to say. As you’ll see, they mince no words. Overusing Like Threatens Your Career Consider the views of the experts: New Fowler By t...

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3 years ago

Dates - Day-Month-Year

If you depict dates by day-month-year, not month-day-year, do not use commas. Make certain you use a consistent system throughout the document. Those disliking the required commas for month-day-year expressions used as adjectives (e.g., "your July 1,...

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3 years ago

capitol, capital, capital (money)

The word capitol should be used only to describe an actual governmental building. (My fourth-grade teacher taught us that the building is spelled with an “o” as in “dome,” something that most capitols have on their roofs.)Capital has many mea...

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3 years ago

angel - correct spelling

angel nounNot angle.Example: An angel watches over the small baby at night. ...

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3 years ago

description - correct spelling

description nounExample: The description of the house attracted the young couple....

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3 years ago

inevitable - correct spelling

inevitable - adjective  Example: With his hard work, his success became inevitable....

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3 years ago

poison - correct spelling

poison - noun and verb  Example: She put out some rat poison in her attic. nounExample: She tried to poison the rats. verb...

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3 years ago

tongue - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: He spoke in his native tongue. nounExample: His tongue was red after sucking on the lollipop. nounExample: He must learn to tongue his trumpet. verb...

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3 years ago

importune - vocabulary

verbTo beset with solicitations, to demand with urgency; to beg for something urgently. When Benedict comes to the United States, he is likely to be importuned by conservative Catholics to side with the hard-liners. He would be wiser to listen to oth...

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3 years ago

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

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