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Grammar Lessons for Grown Ups

21 Jun 2017

Translation: Careful author!

English is an interesting language because we have borrowed many words and phrases directly from other modern and ancient languages. Being a romance language, many of our words have roots in Latin. To this day, we also use actual Latin phras...

7 Jun 2017

Recently, I've seen some confusion over the words 'lead' and 'led.' Confusingly, the first spelling has multiple pronunciations, which is what I think is causing the problem.

Let's take a look:


Pronunciation: /lēd/ 

rhymes with: weed, feed, seed, bead

Verb: 3rd person...

10 May 2017

Wish I had learned... Could have, would have, should have...

We've all heard and said those phrases many times. However, we've also heard (and maybe said) them incorrectly. As a self-professed grammar nerd, it makes me cringe when I hear or read intelligent people using...

26 Apr 2017

We've all seen those texting memes about parents who misuse popular messaging abbreviations to the chagrin and chuckles of their children. Kudos to those parents for trying to keep up with the times, but if they've a smart phone from which to text, they also have Googl...

12 Apr 2017

I don't know when, I don't know how... but some time ago, someone started abusing apostrophes. I'm sure it started out innocently enough with a little confusion over possession. But unfortunately, this apostrophe abuse has gotten so out of hand that even my iPhone enco...

29 Mar 2017

English has a lot of words that sound the same when pronounced, but are both spelled differently and mean different things. These trickster words are homonyms and homophones and are the bane of many English teachers' existences.

Some quick definitions

Homonyms are words...

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