Regarding indefinite articles, this basic rule applies: “a” before a consonant, and “an” before a vowel. But is this always true?
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Diseases, theories, and objects are sometimes named after their discoverers. But do we capitalize the resulting compounds?
“Loose” is an adjective, and “to lose” is a verb. But why is there confusion when it comes to the forms “looser” and “loser”?
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Aside from its many meanings, the verb “to let” offers two challenges: “let’s” versus “lets”, as well as “let + (to) + infinitive”.
Our mixed bag explains how to spell these words correctly: lieutenant, rhythm, miniscule vs. minuscule, and colonel.
“In regard to” and “with regard to”, or “in regards to” and “with regards to”? We explain this conundrum and give some tips on using “regard”.
Repeating the subject can get redundant sometimes. So, why not simply drop it? We explain how you can omit the subject in your formal writing.
Recently, we celebrated the European Day of Languages. How many foreign words are part of the English lexicon, and where do they come from?
When should I use “you and I”, and when is it better to say “you and me”? We explain the difference, and two recent changes in their usage.
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In informal speech, using a verb as a noun may be acceptable. But we’ll show you three strategies to avoid this conversion when writing.
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How do I spell languages, places, and nationalities correctly? Why should I be sensitive about where to put a hyphen?
Linking words, connectives, transition words—so many labels for these linguistic devices. But do they always need to be preceded by a comma?
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The rules of using a hyphen are quite puzzling. We shed a light on where to put an obligatory hyphen, and when to avoid the punctuation mark.
Our mixed bag explains wording choices: the difference between perhaps and maybe, the distinction between definitely and definitively, and the use of literally.
There are grammar challenges every native speaker overcomes intuitively. An example of this phenomenon is the distinction between “who” and “whom”.
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The spelling and usage of the verbs “to expedite” and “to expediate” are similar. But why are there two words for the same thing?
Words like “really” or “very” are frequently overused. In order to improve your vocabulary, we’ll show you three tips for avoiding them.
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Phrasal verbs often appear in informal language. But should I really avoid using them in my writing, or are some appropriate?
An apostrophe can indicate possession. But how do I know when to put it in front of, or after the “s”? Read our article.