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Band, Bend, Bind, Bond, And Bund
2017-03-25 04:14
One of the joys of researching word origins and usage is discovering facts such as that the five English words formed on the frame of b_nd, with different vowels, are cognates, all stemming… Read More
Email Vs. E-mail
2017-03-22 04:06
Once upon a time, one could speak or write about such media as books and mail, or use such terms as business and commerce, and your audience would immediately understand what you were referr… Read More
5 Types Of Unnecessary Hyphenation
2017-03-21 04:34
The sentences below, each followed by a discussion and a revision, illustrate various ways in which a hyphen is used extraneously. 1. He adds that cities should be forced to follow a federal… Read More
5 Types Of Conditionals
2017-03-20 04:31
When crafting “If (this), then (that)” statements, note that several varieties exist, distinguished by tense and probability. This post describes, with examples, various types of… Read More
The Ol’ “Olde” Gets Old
2017-03-18 04:49
Writers’ efforts to evoke a folksy or quaint sensibility by using a variation on the word old often fail because they use the wrong form. This post discusses the proper use of the vari… Read More
More Words Derived From “Pend”
2017-03-17 04:45
A previous post lists words stemming from the Latin verb pendere, meaning “weigh,” and containing the root pend. This follow-up adds disguised words that have the same derivation… Read More
Grammar Quiz #6: Dangling Modifiers
2017-03-16 04:41
Each of the following sentences includes a dangling modifier, a phrase that provides additional information but, because of its erroneous placement, confuses readers about what it is modifyi… Read More
3 Cases Where One Word Makes A Difference
2017-03-15 11:17
Often, the presence or absence of one word, or its location, can change the meaning of a sentence, or at the least affect the statement’s clarity. In each of the following sentences, i… Read More

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