“Bad” or “Badly”

“Bad” or “Badly”

Even skilled writers sometimes get confused about when to use the adjective bad and the adverb badly. Which of These Sentences Use Bad and Badly Appropriately? Our stock performed badly last year. Tim delegates badly. We felt badly about our stock's performance last...

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“Bring” and “Take”

“Bring” and “Take”

Knowing when to use bring and take can be confusing. Can you tell if any of the following sentences use bring correctly? When you go to the meeting next Friday, please bring your department’s current budget report. Since Mary has just moved to town, I will bring her...

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“I” or “Me”

“I” or “Me”

Elsewhere on this site, we address confusion with myself and other reflexive pronouns. This article focuses specifically on knowing when to use I or me. Consider these sentences, which we will address in the discussion below: Harry and I will take the annual report to...

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“Nauseous,” “Nauseated,” or “Nauseating”?

“Nauseous,” “Nauseated,” or “Nauseating”?

If you feel as though your most recent meal may soon make a re-appearance, would you say, “I feel nauseous”? If so, it might be helpful to know the “rest of the story” about nauseous, nauseated, and nauseating. Consider the use of nauseous or nauseated in each of...

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“Sit” and “Set”

“Sit” and “Set”

In a different post we have discussed the distinction between lie and lay. It is also helpful to examine sit and set, another pair of potentially confusing verbs. Which of these sentences use forms of the verbs “to sit” and “to set” correctly? Yesterday Suki sat in...

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