Are You “Anxious” or “Eager”?

Are You “Anxious” or “Eager”?

The following sentences offer a choice between anxious and eager. Which word is more accurate in each case? Our children are (anxious/eager) to go to Disney World, but my husband and I are (anxious/eager) about the cost of the trip. Having heard on the morning news...

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Feel Good? Feel Well?

Feel Good? Feel Well?

When we’re feeling healthy and happy, should we say we feel good or we feel well?  The short answer is that either is fine, but we need to take a deeper dive if we want to use good and well appropriately in other contexts, too. Many of us were taught the partial truth...

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Collective Nouns

Collective Nouns

Collective nouns are words that refer to—you guessed it—a collection of individuals (people or animals) or things taken as a whole. Though these words appear singular, they represent a group; examples include team, jury, faculty, class, choir, family, and committee....

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Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common

Capitalizing Words: Proper vs. Common

The rules for capitalizing words in sentences (as opposed to capitalizing words in headings or the titles of publications or a person's job title or military rank) seem simple at first glance: we capitalize proper words, and we lowercase common ones. But because...

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Capitalizing a Job Title or Military Rank

Capitalizing a Job Title or Military Rank

In another article, we address the challenge of knowing when words need to be capitalized in sentences because they are proper and not common nouns. This article focuses on the narrower question of when to capitalize a job title or military rank. Just Say No: Chances...

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What We Wish Every First-Year College Student Knew

What We Wish Every First-Year College Student Knew

Most of this website is devoted to writing and editing matters, but the following post is not. Instead, it grew out of a collective desire among a few college professors to help the new college student make the most of the post-secondary experience. * * * * * * * For...

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Sit, Set, and Seat

Sit, Set, and Seat

In a different post we discuss the distinction between lie and lay. It is also helpful to examine sit and set, another pair of potentially troubling verbs that is made even more confusing by a third verb, seat. How Much Do You Know Already? Do you recognize which (if...

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