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  • Between and Among

    Which sentences correctly use “between” or “among”? I am having trouble choosing from among the three candidates we interviewed for the manager’s position. The contract...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 April 2018

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  • Punctuating with Parentheses

    Which of these sentences containing parenthetical expressions are punctuated correctly? The convention will be held at the Hilton (Riverside, not Downtown). Although the director had...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 February 2018

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  • Using the Articles “A” and “An”

    One subscriber wrote to ask about the proper use of the articles a and an. Like many of us, he thought he had been taught...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 January 2018

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  • Style Manuals

    While there are some hard-and-fast grammar rules (subjects must agree in number with their verbs, for example), a large percentage of what people regard as...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 December 2017

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  • Bad or Badly?

    Some of the most skilled and experienced writers confuse the adjective bad with the adverb badly. Consider these five sentences: can you tell which of...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 November 2017

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