CATEGORY:Word Usage

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  • 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...

    Nancy Tuten

    20 January 2016

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  • To Lie or To Lay?

    The verbs to lie and to lay have very different meanings. Simply put, to lie means “to rest,” “to assume or be situated in a horizontal position,” and to lay means “to put...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 October 2015

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  • Starting Sentences with And or But

    One of our readers wrote to ask if she could ever start a sentence with the word but. The answer is yes. The word but...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 September 2015

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  • Which or That?

    While both which and that can be used in other constructions, the confusion usually arises when they are being used as relative pronouns to introduce adjective (or relative) clauses....

    Nancy Tuten

    3 August 2015

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  • Effect and Affect

    Which of these sentences are correct? Rising oil prices will have an effect on nearly everyone. Her emotional outburst was purely for effect. The new...

    Nancy Tuten

    3 May 2015

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