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Crisis or Crises: What’s the Difference, and Which One Do You Need?

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 6:00 am

Both crisis and crises are correct and acceptable words to use in American English, but they also differ slightly in meaning. Today we’ll explain the difference and ensure you know which one to use in the right context. Crises Is the Plural of Crisis The word crisis is defined as “a tragedy or negative event.” …

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English Verb Conjugation

Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 6:00 am

A verb conjugation in English is a list of all of a verb’s forms in written and spoken expression. Those forms represent a verb’s person, tense, number, voice, and mood. To illustrate verb conjugation, we will focus on the verb to touch, which is the infinitive of the verb. The principal parts of to touch …

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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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Negative Words

Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 6:00 am

Negation provides us the means of expressing the opposite of a word, thought, or idea. It can include words such as: no nothing not neither none nowhere no one never nobody Let's look at a few examples: I agree with what she said. I do not agree with what she said. Everyone loves paying taxes. …

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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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Is It Veterans’ Day, Veteran’s Day, or Veterans Day?

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 6:00 am

As November 11 approaches, some people may wonder how to write the name of the November 11 American holiday that commemorates the end of world-war hostilities in 1918 and 1945 as well as all who have served the U.S. Armed Forces. Do we use an apostrophe when spelling Veterans Day? The answer is no. According …

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Lawsuits and the Missing Apostrophe

Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

For some people, punctuation in English might be a fuss over details. For others, it provides vital markers for clear, precise, and eloquent writing. For yet others, a missing apostrophe can represent a great expense. In October 2020, an Australian man claimed in a Facebook post that a real estate agent did not pay his …

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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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Euphemisms: What Is a Euphemism?

Posted on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 6:00 am

Some people may not be able to say what a euphemism is, but there’s a good chance they often use euphemisms, including sometimes without being aware. In today’s grammar post, we’ll explain what euphemisms are and how to use them. What Exactly Is a Euphemism? A euphemism is a mild term—typically an idiomatic one—that’s used …

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