CATEGORY:Grammar

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  • Starting Sentences with “And” or “But”

    One of our subscribers wrote to ask if it’s OK to start a sentence with the words and or but. The answer is yes. The...

    Nancy Tuten

    26 March 2020

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  • Parallel Structure

    Whenever our writing includes a list, the items in that list need to be parallel with one another. That is, all of the items in...

    Nancy Tuten

    16 March 2020

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  • To Split or Not to Split Infinitives?

    Most of us were taught never to split infinitives, but writers have been splitting them anyway—even long before Star Trek provided us with perhaps the...

    Nancy Tuten

    30 October 2019

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  • Can “They” Ever Be Singular?

    Editors at Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary caused quite a stir when they tweeted on September 17, 2019, that “the nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ has been added to the...

    Nancy Tuten

    21 September 2019

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  • “Lie” or “Lay”?

    This website addresses a number of confusing word pairs, including effect and affect, sit and set, and bad and badly, just to name a few. But...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2019

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