I or me?

I or me?

Elsewhere on this site, we address confusion with myself and other reflexive pronouns. This article focuses specifically on knowing when to use I or me. Consider these sentences, which we will address in the discussion below: Harry and I will take the annual report to...
Begging the Question

Begging the Question

Pardon Me—May I Beg Your Question? Often I hear newscasters say something like this: “Which begs the question—why was the senator naked in the first place?” Do they understand what “begging the question” really means? Nearly as common as the impropriety of...
WHICH Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

WHICH Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

Communication is difficult enough under the best of circumstances, so we need to do everything possible to ensure that our writing is as clear and unambiguous as possible. One extremely common mistake that hampers clarity and can result in ambiguity is failing to have...
THE REASON IS BECAUSE vs. THE REASON IS THAT

THE REASON IS BECAUSE vs. THE REASON IS THAT

One of our newsletter subscribers wrote to ask us which phrase—”the reason is because” or “the reason is that”—is correct. Here are two examples of those constructions in a sentence: The reason we were late is because there was an accident on...
WHICH Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

Between or 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 dispute was to be settled in negotiations between the subcontractor, the electrician, the...
Using a Hyphen with Adjectives

Using a Hyphen with Adjectives

We talk about hyphens in several different articles on this site. One article distinguishes hyphens from en and em dashes.  Another talks about open, closed, and hyphenated compound words. This article add information about using a hyphen with adjectives. Start with a...