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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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Endemic vs. Epidemic vs. Pandemic

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 6:00 am

The subject of transmitted disease became relevant for all of humanity in late 2019 with the onset of COVID-19. As the disease spread and infected people all over the world, the word pandemic also gained prominence in our daily communications. English includes different words to convey the geographic scale of disease: endemic, epidemic, and pandemic. …

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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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Declarative Sentences: Usage and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 6:00 am

The English language includes four types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative. This discussion will focus on declarative sentences. What Is a Declarative Sentence? Where the other sentence types present questions (interrogative), exclamations (exclamatory), or commands (imperative), declarative sentences convey information as facts, thoughts, or opinions—i.e., they "declare" something. Note the differences among the …

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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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Imperative Mood Explanation and Examples

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:00 am

Mood in English grammar is the verb form that tells us the way we should regard or understand the context of an action. For example, is the action part of a statement or question, or does it involve a command or a preference? English uses the indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods to establish these contexts. …

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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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What Is the Possessive Case?

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 6:00 am

The concept of case in English involves the relationship of a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective (also referred to as a determiner) with other parts of a sentence. The possessive case often conveys possession or ownership, such as Joseph's book or my opinion. It is the only case in which nouns alter their form …

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