Everyday vs. Every day

Believe it or not, there is a difference between everyday and every day. Most people use them interchangeably because you cannot tell the difference when speaking–and if you can’t tell the difference when speaking, then you can’t when writing, right? Wrong. So let’s learn how to CORRECTLY use these two words! 😀

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Between vs. Among

Yesterday I had a student who didn’t know the difference between–well–between and among. Then today, a fellow tutor suggested I make a post about it. I’ve pretty much accepted it as a sign, and am now going to teach you the difference between these two words.

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Words and Phrases you Didn’t Know that you Didn’t Know

God, you know, there are some phrases and words that people say incorrectly that REALLY piss me off. Today’s post is going to cover some of those common mistakes that people never even know or think about. So the next time you want to say “anyways,” “towards,” “used to” and “could care less,”  you’ll know […]

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Further vs. Farther

By request, this post will be about further and farther. You guys have been giving me so many great requests; it has truly humbled me to realize how many questions you have that I cannot answer without research. Not only are you learning, but I’m learning. That being said, thank you–and let’s get on with […]

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That vs. Which (Restrictive and Non-restrictive Clauses)

So I was tutoring a student today and we got to a point where I noticed she needed to insert “that” into her sentence. After sitting for a few seconds, I realized I wasn’t sure WHY she needed to insert it. All I knew is that it had to be done. That being said, I […]

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Lay, Lie, Lain, Laid and All Those Other Crazy Things!

Let me start by admitting that I had to research this before I could address this topic. I frequently find that people are confused on how to use lay, lie and laid. The meanings of these words can be innocent to sexually lewd, so it’s very important you know what the right word is!

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Then vs. Than

Then and Than, I find, are words that are not really TAUGHT to anyone, yet everyone expects you to know them. I’ve seen native English speakers confuse the two as well as ESL students. Hopefully this post will help you remember the difference between the two.

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I.e. vs. E.g.

You know what? I never learned how to use i.e. and e.g. I would just randomly choose one over the other and go with it. Now, after looking up the meanings, I know that I’ve spent YEARS humiliating myself by using these improperly. That being said, if I’m using them incorrectly, odds are–so are you. […]

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Alot vs. A Lot vs. Allot

Let’s say you’re typing a paper and you get to a point where you write “alot.” A little red squiggle appears underneath so that you know it’s spelled incorrectly, but what will you choose–a lot or allot? This Grammar Quick Fix will teach you the difference between these three “words.”

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Can vs. Could

Most of us think we know how to use “can” and “could,” but do we know how they’re used or do we use what sounds right? Generally it’s the latter. This post will briefly detail how these two words work. Read more to find out!

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