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In normal usage we suffer “from” a disease; we do not suffer “with” a disease. We and our diseases are not pals… If you would like assistance with spelling, grammar, or word usage, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We look forward to working with you!
Both of these words are rather difficult to pronounce, and they mean different things. * exasperate is often used as an adjective “exasperated” as well as a verb “exasperate”, where it means to “irritate”. If someone is exasperated, they are irritated by someone or something. * exacerbate is a verb that means to make a...
What is a business blog and why should you have one? The most important function of a blog is to serve as a platform for you and your business; a blog is a way for you to easily, quickly, and consistently tell your story to prospects and current clients or customers. Whatever your...
“Conjunction.” One of my favorite words. As most of remember from grammar or primary school, a conjunction is a word that connects parts of a sentence. However, did you know there are several different types of conjunctions? The original type of conjunction that we were all taught is called a “coordinating conjunction”: and, but, or,...
The word “pique” comes from the French and means to “excite”, as in to “pique one’s interest” [in something]. Use “peek” when sneaking a look at something. When you arrive at the “peak” of something, you are at the top or uppermost point. Still confused by the meanings of similar words in the English language?...
Affect and effect are two of the most-often confused words in the English language. The simple rule is: * affect spelled with an “a” is usually a verb that shows some kind of action. The simple definition of affect is “to influence” or “to make happen”. How will eating chocolate cake for every meal affect...
Your business is defined by its brand. The brand is how your clients or customers recognize your company, evaluate your service, and perceives your reputation. The loyalty and attachment to you and your company by your clients or customers are associated with the products and services you offer. By properly developing the marketing activities of...
The word “everyday” is an adjective; it modifies a noun, as in “…my everyday clothes.” However, when you are using the adverbial phrase “every day”, make sure that you write it as two words. How often do you eat breakfast? Hopefully, you eat breakfast every day; but you might set the table with your everyday...
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Saying or writing “PC computer” is redundant (repetitive) because “PC” stands for “personal computer”; the original “PC” was introduced by IBM. The Common Errors in English Usage
Branding and Marketing Are Not The Same Many businesses believe that their brand and their marketing efforts are the same. However, your brand is the foundation and the basis of all marketing efforts. Establish your brand first, and then plan your marketing campaigns. Here are three ways that branding and marketing are different: 1)Your brand...
Happy Spring Equinox! It’s the official first day of spring, FINALLY! We are re-publishing this post to celebrate the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. Here is another word pair that is often misused or misunderstood. Both words define the annual path of the Sun. “equinox”: there are two sets of days of the...
“Defamation” is the legal term for publishing disparaging information about a person in verbal or written form with the intent to damage the reputation of that person. Whether the defamation attempt is considered “libel” or “slander” depends on how the defamation attempt is published. Libel is a defamatory remark that is published in writing, on the...
Disclaimer: You know that I am an English teacher, don’t you? Welcome to your English lesson for today: how to correctly use these two common phrases. Recently I have heard these prepositional phrases used incorrectly. What is a prepositional phrase, you ask? That question has a simple answer: it is a phrase (an incomplete sentence)...