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Another Pair of Problematic Word Pairs
A Historical Reference? AN Historical Reference?
More on the Suspensive Hyphen
(Guest Article By Thomas J. Scott)
The Loyal Apposition
Introductory Adverbial Elements II. c. Adverb Clauses
Control Your "Self": The Proper Use of Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
All Right! All Right! I'll Write About Why It's "Alwrong"!
How to Correct a Fused Sentence
Commas with Compound Sentences
Quotation Marks: Where Do the Periods and Commas Go--And Why?
Faulty Parallelism with Coordinate Elements: Short, Simple Version
Prefer Simple Tenses over Progressive Tenses
A Hyphen is NOT a Dash
It Is NOT "All of THE Sudden"!
Nonfinite Verb Forms (Verbals)
If You Can't Decide Whether to Choose "Whether" or "If"--Read This Article
Active vs. Passive Voice
(This link will take you to my "Essay, I Say" website.)
Mrs. Malaprop Lives
Don't Use "Him" or "Her" as the Subject of a Clause
Learn the Difference Between "Than'"and "Then"
What Is an Interjection, and How Do I Punctuate It?
Commas with Contrasted Coordinate Elements
Compound (Coordinate) Sentence Elements Usually Are NOT Separated by a Comma
Shibboleth Alert: Use "Like" Only as a Preposition, NOT as a Conjunction
Using "A" or "An" with Acronyms
Hardly Anything You will Ever Need to Speak or Write About Actually Comes in Tons
THE Number IS; A Number ARE
"TOE the Line," NOT "TOW the Line"
What Does "Begging the Question" Really Mean?
Suffrage GOOD; Suffering BAD
Possessives Precede Gerunds
Learn the Difference Between "Populace" and "Populous"
More on When to Use "Who" and "Whom"
Get the Lead Out!
Punctuating Words Used as Words, or Words Used in a Special Way
Using Commas with Direct Address
"Empirical" vs. "Imperial": A Pair of WordsThat Really Should NOT Be Confused
Don't Confuse "Utmost" with "Upmost"
Learn the Difference between "Ascribe" and "Subscribe"
You've Got Another THINK Coming!
Don't Use "So" as a Vague Intensifier
The Last Verb in a Verb Phrase Must Be a Participle
Don't Use the Past Participle as the Predicate of a Clause
Comma Usage: Restrictive vs. Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses
Parenthetical Elements: Use a COMPLETE SET of Commas or Dashes
to Enclose an Interrupter
Another Confusing Word Pair: You DEFUSE a SItuation--You Don't DIFFUSE It
"They Spoke English Better than He": Pronoun Case with
Elliptical Clauses of Comparison
Please, DON'T Spell "Disdain" as "Distain"!
Subject-Verb Agreement with Intervening Nouns
Yet Another Article about When to Use "Who" and "Whom"
A Response to Readers Who Still Insist That Prepositions
Must Never Be Used at the Ends of Sentences
Using Commas with Dates
Using Commas with Geographical (Place) Names
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