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All of a Sudden vs. All of the Sudden: Which Version Is Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 am

When you want to describe something that took place in an instant, should you say all of a sudden or all of the sudden? Which is grammatically correct? This is a common question. The two variations look and sound alike and are often used interchangeably by native English writers and speakers. In fact, there may …

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Gist or Jist: Which Version Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you need to summarize a point or simplify a seemingly complicated topic. Would you be getting to the gist or the jist of the subject? Which version is correct? If you've ever confronted this question, today's post will settle it for you. We're going to review the difference between gist and jist, explain …

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Adapter vs. Adaptor: Is There a Difference?

Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 6:00 am

One of many things that make the English language both fascinating and perhaps confusing is that it always evolves over time and across regions. Because of that, there can be subtle differences in English usage and expression from one place or era to the next. That can sometimes create uncertainty about spelling, usage, and interpretation. …

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Pick Up or Pickup: Which Word Do You Need to Use?

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you agree to give your friends a ride in your truck. On the way, they ask if you can help them move an appliance since your truck has an open cargo area with low sides and a tailgate. Do you know which word to use to describe what you'll be doing and what …

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Login vs. Log In: Which Is Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 am

With everything happening online these days, there are a lot of email and password combinations floating around. But IT professionals aren't the only ones left scratching their heads sometimes:  Confusion about tech-related language can lead to questions and issues of grammar and spelling as well. In today's post, we'll examine the difference between login and …

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Drier or Dryer: What Is the Difference?

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 6:00 am

When you're working on enhancing your spelling in English, you might sometimes encounter two words that sound alike, with close spellings, pronunciations, and meanings. For example, some people might find themselves confused about whether to use drier or dryer when they are writing. We will distinguish these two words and provide some examples you can …

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How Do You Write Percentages?

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 6:00 am

Percentages are common in our daily communication. They express groups of numbers in ways that let us quickly interpret them and relate them to one another. At the same time, we might wonder how we should present these figures in our writing. Do we use 10 per cent, 10 percent, or 10%? Let's review some …

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Is it Spelt or Spelled

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2022, at 6:00 am

If you want to say how you ordered letters to form a word, would you express that you spelt the word or spelled it? For many of us, both versions might feel as if they are the same, so how can you choose the right one? We'll address that for you here. Should You Write …

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Inquiries or Enquiries: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 6:00 am

Inquiry and enquiry are closely related words—so close that some consider them to be the same and others don't know what differences (if any) exist. This can make precision a challenge, but it's one that we can master with a bit of mindfulness. Let's discuss proper use when we're stuck at whether to make an …

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Cacti or Cactuses: What’s the Plural of Cactus?

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2022, at 6:00 am

Suppose you are writing a science-fiction novel in which spiky plants come to life in the desert. They uproot themselves and begin pursuing your hero. As they bear down, how would you refer to them: as cacti, cactuses, or something else? In other words, what's the plural of cactus? The Plural of Cactus The origin …

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