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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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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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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