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Everyday vs. Every day

Believe it or not, there is a difference between everyday and every day. Most people use them interchangeably because you cannot tell the difference when speaking–and if you can’t tell the difference when speaking, then you can’t when writing, right? Wrong. So let’s learn how to CORRECTLY use these two words! 😀

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Between vs. Among

Yesterday I had a student who didn’t know the difference between–well–between and among. Then today, a fellow tutor suggested I make a post about it. I’ve pretty much accepted it as a sign, and am now going to teach you the difference between these two words.

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Words and Phrases you Didn’t Know that you Didn’t Know

God, you know, there are some phrases and words that people say incorrectly that REALLY piss me off. Today’s post is going to cover some of those common mistakes that people never even know or think about. So the next time you want to say “anyways,” “towards,” “used to” and “could care less,”  you’ll know […]

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Grammar Guide: Articles

What are articles? Not to be confused with something you would find in a magazine, grammar articles are the words “a,” “an,” and “the.” They’re similar to adjectives in the sense that they modify nouns. They do not modify verbs, adverbs, etc., even though they may be placed before them. For example, “The gray cat […]

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Thesis Statements

Sometimes, when I sit down with a student, I realize that I have no idea what his or her essay says. He or she has read it out loud to me as I’ve looked over it. It’s not that I wasn’t paying attention, it’s that the essay is flopping all over the place like a […]

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Why Can’t I Use Wikipedia in my Essay?!

As finals approach, so do term papers. And since most people take 4-5+ classes a semester, that means a LOT of term papers without a lot of time to work on them. Soooo sometimes you might skimp a bit on your research and use Wikipedia. At best, your professor doesn’t care. Usually though, your professor […]

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Further vs. Farther

By request, this post will be about further and farther. You guys have been giving me so many great requests; it has truly humbled me to realize how many questions you have that I cannot answer without research. Not only are you learning, but I’m learning. That being said, thank you–and let’s get on with […]

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That vs. Which (Restrictive and Non-restrictive Clauses)

So I was tutoring a student today and we got to a point where I noticed she needed to insert “that” into her sentence. After sitting for a few seconds, I realized I wasn’t sure WHY she needed to insert it. All I knew is that it had to be done. That being said, I […]

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Lay, Lie, Lain, Laid and All Those Other Crazy Things!

Let me start by admitting that I had to research this before I could address this topic. I frequently find that people are confused on how to use lay, lie and laid. The meanings of these words can be innocent to sexually lewd, so it’s very important you know what the right word is!

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