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there - correct spelling

adverb, pronoun, adjective, and nounNote: 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 th...

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4 years ago

harass - vocabulary

verbTo bother continually; to torment, usually with troubles or cares; to pester.Note: You may pronounce it either way, with the accent on the first syllable or the last. In American English, the better pronunciation accents the second syllable. Her...

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4 years ago

Sample Page - The Awful 'Like' Word

Download this free eBook. Send the file to all your contacts. The 'like' word threatens your career. Get this e-book now for FREE! ...

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4 years ago

Serial-Comma Rule ‑ Examples

Here are some examples of correctly using the serial comma: The flag is red, white, and blue. (Three predicate adjectives.)In her will, the woman left jewelry, coins, stocks and bonds, but no cash. (Four direct objects of the transitive verb left.)Th...

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4 years ago

as, like

Back in the olden days, when tobacco companies advertised on TV, Winston used the slogan: Winston tastes good like a cigarette should. In that sentence, the word like acts as a subordinating conjunction starting the subordinate clause a cigarette sho...

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4 years ago

almost - correct spelling

almost adverbExample: He has read almost every novel by John Grisham. adverb (modifying the adjective every)Example: He almost hit the pedestrian. adverb (modifying the verb hit)...

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deferred - correct spelling

deferred verb (past tense and past participle of the verb defer) and adjectiveExample: We deferred to him because of his experience in the business. verbExample: The company deferred payment to the next fiscal quarter. verbExample: This item appears ...

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4 years ago

immediately - correct spelling

immediately - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: The hospital must page the doctor immediately....

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4 years ago

plain - correct spelling

plain - adjective  Not plane.Example: The plain brown wrapper made him suspicious about the package....

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therefor - correct spelling

adverbExample: He ordered the stereo and included payment therefor.Note: This adverb often appears in legal writing. It differs in meaning from the adverb and conjunctive adverb therefore.See therefore....

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4 years ago

harbinger - vocabulary

nounOne who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing; anything that foreshadows a coming thing or event. Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her The flow’ry May, ...

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4 years ago

Sample Page - Egg on Your Face

This Grammar eBook discusses the Top 25 Grammatical Mistakes. Buy this e-book now for $7.95 only! ...

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4 years ago

Semicolons Instead of Commas

If the series is long and complex or any one element has a comma within it, separate each element of the series with a semicolon: The company has offices in Greensboro, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; and Taipei, Taiwan....

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4 years ago

as per

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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

Sample Page - Build Your Vocabulary

Learn 406 words smart people should know. Ideal for those studying for college-entrance exams. Buy this e-book now for $7.95 only! ...

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

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