R U tired of bad grammer? Me 2

My library’s recent book fair was the hottest ticket in town. Book nerds within a 25-mile radius lined up outside before the doors opened to get first crack at the thousands of used paperbacks and hardbacks inside. Schlepping wagons, suitcases and cardboard boxes, they ran – not walked – hoping for hidden treasures at cheap […]

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Here a quote, there a quote, everywhere a quote-quote

When you curl up with a good book, chances are that it’s conversation-heavy. Who doesn’t love coffee and good conversation, after all? Trying to wade through a story that’s all narrative is so boring, it’s like watching your computer defrag. I tried to read a Jack Kerouac book once that was worse because not only […]

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Use this, not that

Confusion about similar words abounds, especially when they sound alike. Writers sometimes use one word when they really mean another. Have any of these tripped you up? Accept, except – These are often misused and confused. Accept means to receive or agree to. Should I accept the gift even though I know it’s really expensive? […]

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Test Your Grammar IQ

Who doesn’t relish a challenge, especially when it comes to dependent clauses, parallelism and collective nouns? OK, so that’s a stretch, but go with it. Find the errors in the sentences below and I’ll send you a fabulous prize. Not really, but what have you got to lose? Neither an e-mail or a phone call […]

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Who vs. whom

Imagine my despair when I realized I’m down to the grammar dredges in my ideas folder. Those would be my least favorites, such as “who” vs. “whom” and “that” vs. “which.” I guess I can’t avoid these forever, so I’ll start with “who” vs. “whom.” Who/whom is one of the more difficult English grammar distinctions […]

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Splitting hairs over split infinitives

They’re baaaack… Six months after I wrote about split infinitives here, the geniuses in the writing department are bombarding me with a shower of them. Where did I go wrong? Please turn off the sprinkler! Check out these examples of split infinitives. The first is a book title: How to Successfully Manage a Virtual Workforce […]

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