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Top Ten for ’20 Posted by on Dec 23, 2020

We are just about at the end of 2020 and, yes, I can hear many of you saying, “Thank goodness!” We will none of us soon forget this year. There’s never been anything like it. The hardships that have affected all of us in one way or another will carry an impact for probably the…

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Joint Possessives in English Posted by on Dec 10, 2020

Before COVID-19, sharing was considered to be positive and admirable. It was seen as an act of caring, kindness, and selflessness. Whether it was a dessert at a restaurant or a ride service to a hotel, sharing was a nice thing to do. But now, there’s a lot less sharing in the world. Unless you…

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Could, Should, Would, Might Posted by on Nov 12, 2020

I try not to play the role of grammar policeman among my family and friends, so I make every effort not to comment on grammatical mistakes when I see or hear them. But I do notice them. When the same mistakes keep appearing from multiple people, I can’t help but wonder why. Lately, I’ve been…

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When to Use Italics Posted by on Jul 27, 2020

Here’s something unique to modern life. You’re writing an email, an essay, or a term paper and you want to draw attention to a title, a phrase, or some other element within the body of your work. Should you use italics? You would never have had to think about this 25 years ago because there…

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Test Your English Grammar Knowledge Posted by on Jul 9, 2020

Let’s see how well you know English grammar terms. I’m going to give you some grammatical terms with the letters of each term scrambled. You will then have to unscramble the term and match it to its definition. Answers will be found at the bottom of the page. No cheating! Grammar Terms reimedetrn rednug jerttencinio…

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A Disagreeable Word Posted by on Jul 2, 2020

Some days you just can’t win. I stumbled upon a posting on social media the other day which had me wondering if there was any hope for the world. I stared at it in disbelief for several moments, then spent maybe 15 minutes in an effort to disprove what I had read. Sadly, it was…

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We Are Many Posted by on Jun 25, 2020

In the past few months, you have probably heard the phrase, “We’re all in this together.” I even wrote a blog about it. But did you know that the English word “we” is a rather unusual word in the linguistic world? This is because English is one of the few languages that does not have…

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