Grammar Guide: Pronouns

What is a pronoun? A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun in a sentence. These function in the same way as nouns; a pronoun is also a “person, place, or thing.” However, there is a slight difference. A pronoun replaces a noun–that noun is called the “antecedent.” You have […]

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Using “I” in Essays

I actually had a few people suggest I do a post about using “I” in an essay. It’s a subject I talk about frequently as a tutor. There are many little nuances about using “I” that there is no singular rule to use it or not use it, but several different guidelines to let you […]

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Then vs. Than

Then and Than, I find, are words that are not really TAUGHT to anyone, yet everyone expects you to know them. I’ve seen native English speakers confuse the two as well as ESL students. Hopefully this post will help you remember the difference between the two.

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I.e. vs. E.g.

You know what? I never learned how to use i.e. and e.g. I would just randomly choose one over the other and go with it. Now, after looking up the meanings, I know that I’ve spent YEARS humiliating myself by using these improperly. That being said, if I’m using them incorrectly, odds are–so are you. […]

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Alot vs. A Lot vs. Allot

Let’s say you’re typing a paper and you get to a point where you write “alot.” A little red squiggle appears underneath so that you know it’s spelled incorrectly, but what will you choose–a lot or allot? This Grammar Quick Fix will teach you the difference between these three “words.”

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Can vs. Could

Most of us think we know how to use “can” and “could,” but do we know how they’re used or do we use what sounds right? Generally it’s the latter. This post will briefly detail how these two words work. Read more to find out!

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Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!

Since I am visiting my parents for the Easter weekend, I will not be posting again until Monday. I hope you all have a great Easter or Passover and, if you don’t believe in either, just have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you all on Monday!

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Personal Statements: Common Mistakes

I know several of you are thinking about getting a BA or an MA, both of which require personal statements. Since this topic was the most popular vote (go vote in the poll on the right for what you want to see next!), I figured I’d go ahead and address it. Personal statements for your […]

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Compare and Contrast Essays

I know several of you are either in Spring Break, approaching it, or just finished it. I found that Spring Break either meant every professor gave me an essay to do or every professor decided to give me a break. No happy mediums here. Unfortunately, since my experience leans towards the former, I thought discussing […]

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Who’s, Whose and Whom–oh my!

Today’s post will discuss those tricky “who” words. I actually had to ask the difference between “who’s” and “whose” myself recently, and now I’ll never live it down (apparently it’s hysterical when an English major needs help with English–who knew?). Perhaps even worse than the whole “who’s”/”whose” issue is the “who”/”whom” issue. So if you’ve […]

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