Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Not only are these three words spelled similarly, they also have similar meanings. The main “basis” of these words is to guarantee something in some way, shape, or form. However, there are small intricacies other than that, so let’s take a look at these words individually.

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Enquire vs. Inquire

Come on. They’re only one vowel different. And heck, the vowel sounds are similar! These two words share a very deep, dark secret (well, “dark” as far as the English language goes), so keep reading to find out how these two devious words work!

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Was vs. Were

NOTE: When all else fails, use a picture of a cat! 😀 Time for a post that’s actually really hard for me to write about! I had a tutor suggest doing was and were, which is something I was subconsciously avoiding because–frankly–I didn’t know how to use them! After some extensive research I’m here to […]

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Less vs. Fewer

A special request from my supervisor today! It’s one of his pet peeves apparently! I know the difference between less and fewer, but I admit that I don’t always necessarily think about it as I’m writing. It’s pretty easy once you learn it, so make sure you read on!

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Perspective vs. Prospective

Not to throw my husband under a bus here, but when he was writing personal statements for graduate school, he kept mixing these two words up. I’ve wanted to do this post for awhile, but it kept getting thrown on the back-burner because of requests. Well today I’m finally tacking the issue, and if you […]

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Literally: I’m Literally Writing this Post.

I had a dear friend (you know who you are!) ask about using literally. It seems this word is used interchangeably with figuratively–so you might find yourself saying literally all the time without knowing its–well–literal meaning! The more you use this word, the more likely you’re using it incorrectly. Make sure you read on to […]

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Hanged vs. Hung (Yes, there’s a difference)

I had someone request hanged vs. hung because he was fed up with people using them improperly. It seems a lot of people don’t even realize that hanged is a word and has its own merits. So if you’re writing a paper where you think you are going to need to know the difference between […]

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Transitional Statements

There are a few things that bring an “ok” paper to a “good” paper and a “good” paper to a “great” paper. Transitional statements are one of them. So many students know they need transitions but get caught up on the details and, as such, don’t make them at all. This post will help guide […]

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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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