Featured Topic: Grammar Lessons
Just when you thought you had a handle on grammar: why we don’t split whether to, why we don’t have amn’t, and why placement of only can really matter.
Featured Topic: Usage
Usage is one of those topics that offer so much to argue about. Today’s arguments: collide, differ to, and so.
The other day my boys, ages 12 and 9, said to me, “Mom, we’re having a grammar argument. Is it wronger or more wrong?”
The boys had picked up on an exception to the rule for grading adjectives, that is making an adjective comparative or superlative, and found it something to argue about.
The general rule is that words of one syllable take one of the inflectional suffixes, either –er or –est:
Featured Topic: Editing Lessons
In today’s News Roundup: lessons in faulty parallel series, dangling modifiers, and blends.
Featured Topic: Language Mechanics
Grammar, usage, and spelling—they’re the heart and soul of what we do. Today’s trio of stories covers all three.
Featured Topic: The Benefits of Online Dictionaries
One of the benefits of online dictionaries is all the wonderful lessons they share with us outside of definitions.
Featured Topic: Language Bits
Even little marks and short words affect the meaning of a sentence.
Featured Topic: Grammar Fun
Is the burial in a cemetery or at one? Can you start a sentence with important? Today’s News Roundup tackles grammar questions and lets you test your lie/lay proficiency.
Featured Topic: Language Theory and Terms
Discussions about language are more productive and meaningful when everyone uses similar terms and definitions. Here are a few recent articles that add to the discussion of what constitutes grammar, style, and Standard English.
So many usage rules, so little time! Today we examine the shift in common idioms, singular they, and how of sneaks into sentences when we shift the word order.
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