Why is “funner” not a word?!

A special request from my husband’s coworker! I’m not quite sure WHY he requested it, but here we go. I know you might sometimes hear people say “Oh that was funner” and it’s like the world stops. Somewhere in the world, someone starts scratching their nails on a blackboard. But wait a minute! Why CAN’T […]

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Compliment vs. Complement

Commas are going to have to take a break today, because I have an amazing compliment/complement mishap story. I’m at my in-laws for Mother’s Day weekend, and we all went to the grocery store. The store now sells alcoholic beverages, which it never did before, and boasted the new products with a huge sign: “Buy […]

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Commas: Coordinating Conjunctions (Part 1)

Gosh, so many people have asked me to do commas. I haven’t because–well, frankly–I didn’t know where to start. I’ve decided to come up with the top two or three common questions and problems and make a post about them.

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Principle vs. Principal

So this issue came up while tutoring today and as soon as I brought it up with my student, a fellow tutor said “I just went over that with my student!” At that point, I knew it was time to make a Grammar Quick Fix. Although they’re homonyms (sound alike), they have very different meanings. […]

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Speak, Say, Talk, Tell

I had a student today who asked me the difference between speak, talk, say, and tell. Leaning back and thinking for a second, I realized that I was unsure. I mean, I knew to a certain extent but not nearly enough to explain it. That was enough for me to go out, research the words, […]

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Researching a Paper

Usually your semester will culminate to a heavily weighted final paper–often times, that paper will involve research. Some papers require very little research, such as 1-2 sources. Other papers, like my final paper for a graduate course, end up having 16 (or more!) sources. When you’re facing the latter, the idea of piles and piles […]

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Like vs. As

In high school, when you read Shakespeare’s sonnets or other poetry, you are taught that a “simile” is a comparison made using like or as. But odds are, no one has told you that there’s actually a difference between the two words. Like and as have two separate functions and if you’re just finding this […]

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