CATEGORY:Word Usage

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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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  • “I” and “Me”

    Which of these sentences correctly use the first-person pronouns I and me? Harry and I will take the annual report to the meeting. The winners...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 September 2017

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  • Hyphenated Adjectives

    Several of our subscribers have written to ask us to address the use of hyphens like the ones in the following six sentences. Can you...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 May 2017

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  • Placement of Only

    Can you identify a problem in any of these sentences? The budget can only be balanced if programs are cut for next year. Many animals...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 May 2017

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  • Who and Whom

    One of these days (and I hope I’m dead and gone), the word whom will be designated by dictionaries as archaic, a relic from a bygone time. ...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 April 2017

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