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 […]

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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 […]

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Precede vs. Proceed

I was working on an assignment for school when I realized there was a green little squiggle under the word proceeds in Microsoft Word. Me? Make a grammatical mistake? Noooo! Never (end tongue-in-cheek humor). Ok, so anyway. I realized I used proceeds incorrectly and thus decided to do a post! Keep reading to find out […]

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Punctuation and Quotations

Punctuation? Quotations? Inside? Outside? I had a friend message me recently, almost in a panic, after he saw a question mark outside quotation marks. Is that wrong? Is it right? Well what about periods, commas, colons, etc.? Today we’ll discuss the basic rules of punctuation in relation to quotation marks, and hopefully we can clear […]

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What is “Alas”?

Alas, how many times have you seen this word? Odds are, if you’ve studied anything up through Shakespeare, you have seen this woeful word. And no, it’s not just there to help Shakespeare maintain his iambic pentameter or whatever else. Today I will help you understand the meaning of this word, where it came from, […]

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Jealousy vs. Envy

There’s a subtle difference between jealousy and envy. They are not synonymous. They are two separate emotions and both, frankly, suck. And we’re also not talking about the LG phone, Envy, but we WILL see if the name makes sense with what it is! Plus, you’ll get to hear about the love life of a […]

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May vs. Might

Like most of my posts, this one originated from a conversation. I said might or may (I forget which now), stopped and tried to correct myself. But then I realized that I might have been correct the first time. So I went on an expedition to find the meaning of might and may and am […]

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Empathy vs. Sympathy

No one enjoys hearing bad news. The passing of a loved one, a terminal illness, and life-threatening moments can evoke strong emotions of sympathy or empathy. And as some of you experience these emotions, you  may ask yourself “Why am I buying sympathy cards? Should I buy empathy cards? Why isn’t there such a thing?” […]

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Your vs. You’re (There’s a reason I’m doing this!)

Ok, first–let me apologize. I went to visit my parents for Father’s Day weekend, and their internet coupled with my internet card resulted in some aggravating results. Also–today is my one year anniversary, so this will be a quick post before I start getting back on track this week. Thanks for dealing with me guys. […]

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Invoke vs. Evoke

Some of the best moments in my life are when I proofread myself in conversation. 😀 I was talking to my husband and said “invoke” (or “evoke,” can’t remember now!), stopped and said to him, “Do I mean invoke or evoke?” After some debate about it, the simple answer was–we didn’t know. We had some […]

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