Hone In vs. Home In

It’s fairly common to say or read that something ‘honed’ in on a point. However, the correct phrase is to ‘home’ in on a point. Keep reading to see why that is the proper term and why there is such confusion! Home vs. Hone Before we discuss the phrase in question, it’s a good idea […]

Ridiculous vs. Rediculous

Despite being commonly pronounced as ‘RE-diculous’, the word is actually spelled ‘RI-diculous’. So if you need a quick tool to help you remember, here are a few ways you can remember the spelling: ‘Ridiculous with an “I” looks just fine.’ ‘Ridiculous with an “E” and people make fun of me.’ ‘Ridiculous with an “I” or […]

Compare With vs Compare To

A friend of mine recently had to look up whether she should write ‘compared with’ or ‘compared to’ in a sentence and suggested I might want to write a post about it – and I’m glad she did! I didn’t realise there was a difference at first, but after a bit of research, it makes […]

What a “Trooper”!

When someone is a good sport about something and doesn’t complain, they’re normally called a good ‘trooper’. When speaking, this homonym error doesn’t impact meaning, but when writing it certainly can. Read on to learn what the proper usage is.

It’s vs. Its

I suppose I never thought it was necessary to do this post before, but after seeing so many of my students not knowing that “its” actually exists and after seeing how many people look up the difference between the two words, it became clear that this is a necessary post. I can see how these […]

It vs. He/She vs. They

(For those of you who don’t know, this is Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. :-D) My boss gave me an awesome article about pronouns and how English does not have a gender-neutral singular pronoun. It’s been a problem that has annoyed grammar-junkies everywhere. In typical conversation, these things don’t matter–and we’ll use the plural […]

Assume vs Presume

I tend to like using the term “presume” because I think it makes me sound smart or something silly like that. However, I couldn’t help but wonder if what I was doing was actually correct, so I decided to make a post on assume and presume. These words are used almost interchangeably now, but there […]

Who vs. That

I don’t know how I never thought of this topic, but luckily a friend thought of it for me, so it’s being made. 😀 This is going to be a pretty short and sweet post. These words aren’t too difficult, it’s just that many people don’t know you’re not always supposed to use “that.” So […]

Sit vs. Set

I had a request for “sit vs. set,” and to be honest, I’ve never thought about the two words before. I thought everyone knew the difference but apparently not, so here I am, helping you out. 😀 I can’t think of anything fun for an introduction, so let’s get right to the material. Sit Sit […]

Saw vs. Seen

I had a request to do “saw” and “seen.” Most people tend to inherently know when to say “seen” or “saw.” For example, I’m sure several of you know enough not to say “I seen that movie.” The issue comes in when people try to explain WHY they don’t say that. This post is to […]

Possessive Apostrophe Usage (Possessive Nouns)

I find that a lot of people understand that you use apostrophe-s to make something possessive, but there’s still a lot of confusion over how to use this combination correctly–especially with plural nouns. This post should help clear this problem up for you, and it will make me feel a little less guilty for being […]

Illicit vs. Elicit

Sorry I’ve been a little…absent…lately. I’ve been completely inundated with schoolwork for the past week and probably will be for the next two weeks. However, trying to be the wonderful little blogger that I am, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to do a post about illicit and elicit. Let’s be frank, these words […]