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Is Dice Plural or Singular?

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 6:00 am

Which word do you use if you’re playing a game with more than one small, numbered cube that you have to roll? Today we’ll look at the word dice, along with some related thoughts. The Plural of Dice: Are We Using Correct English? To begin with, asking “What is the plural of dice?” is a …

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Lets or Let’s: Does Let Need an Apostrophe?

Posted on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 6:00 am

Editors and style guides alike may differ concerning the usage of lets and let's. Do we need to include an apostrophe or not? In today's discussion, we will answer that question. We'll also give you an explanation you can remember at the same time you enhance your grammar. So let's jump in… Why You See …

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Envelop or Envelope: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:00 am

Have you ever wondered whether envelop or envelope is the right spelling? If so, then today's grammar article should offer some guidance. Both envelop and envelope are their own words with slightly different spellings and separate (but related) meanings. We'll discuss the difference so you can use each word properly in your writing and speaking. …

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Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:00 am

Weather, whether, and wether are homophones, meaning they sound the same but have different meanings. Do you know how to use and spell them correctly? If you aren't 100% sure, this post is for you. Let's look at the distinctions among them by starting with the word you might use the most often. The Meaning …

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Contractions in English

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 6:00 am

Contractions in English are the shortening of words, phrases, or numerals by omitting characters and replacing them with an apostrophe. The apostrophe represents the missing letters or numbers. You likely use contractions daily in your communications. In writing and speech, they help us save time in exchanging thoughts and ideas. They conserve space and length …

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Is the Plural of Mango “Mangoes” or “Mangos”?

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 6:00 am

Sometimes with English, even when we think we know how to use and spell a word correctly, different forms of it can spring up and trip us. Mango can be one of those words when we are writing its plural. Should it be mangoes or mangos? That’s not a fruity question, but rather one we …

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Bare or Bear: Which Word Do You Want to Use?

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 6:00 am

Bare and bear are two commonly confused words. They sound the same and their spellings differ only by transposed letters, but they have different definitions so it's easy to use one when you might mean the other. Today we'll look at the distinctions between bare and bear and how you can use the words correctly. …

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Than vs. Then: Your Grammar Edge

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

Than and then look and sound alike, and both are used in casual conversation all the time. Because of their similarity, they can sometimes be tricky to keep straight, especially in writing. In today's post we'll review the differences between than and then so you know how to use both correctly within your communications. The …

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Dreamed vs. Dreamt

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 6:00 am

Suppose you wake with the strange sensation that you have just been in a desert made of brown sugar in a room where it was raining toasted marshmallows. Was all that sugar something you had dreamed, or had you dreamt of something sweet? If you're someone who focuses on improving your mastery of American English …

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Already vs. All Ready: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 am

Do you ever have a hard time separating the one-word already from the phrase all ready? These words sound the same when spoken aloud unless you conscientiously emphasize the pause between them. Given that, it's easy to see why people might confuse them. In today's post we'll look at the differences so you can use …

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