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daylight saving time vs daylight savings time

Posted with Blogsy In many parts of North America, the first Sunday in March is the official day to “Spring Forward” and set clocks ahead by one hour. The correct term for this annual event is “daylight saving time”, because that is the original purpose: to save an hour of daylight and use that hour at...

Conjunctions: It’s All About Joining

“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,...

Pique, Peek, or Peak?

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 or Effect?

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...

Daily Grammar Tip: cowered vs coward

The verb “cower” means to crouch down in fear, and “cowered” is the past tense of cower. A “coward” is a fearful or weak person; the word is a noun. Therefore, cowered (with a Nordic root) and coward (with a French root) may sound similar, and they may even have similar connotations, but they are different and...

Daily Grammar Tip: everyday or every day?

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...

The English Language is So Much Fun!

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Daily Grammar Tip: PC computer/PC

        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  

Happy Spring! Is it an equinox or a solstice?

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...

similar to/different from

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)...

AM / PM

“AM” stands for Ante Meridiem, it’s a Latin phrase that means “before noon,” and “PM” Post Meridiem means “after noon.” You should avoid the expression “12:00 PM” to designate noon,  not only because it is incorrect, but because it can be confused with midnight . The same goes for “12:00 AM.” The correct will be “twelve noon” when you want...

Tripple / Triple

Te correct word is “triple,” without double P. Don’t be confused with the verb “tipple”, which means drinking alcohol. If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”! Visit Common Errors in English for more tips...

These are them / These are they

Most people won’t complain about either one, but if you want to stay on the good side of the grammar, you should use “these are they.” This is because the pronoun after the verb should be in the same grammatical form as the subject. “They” is the subject pronoun, while “them” is an object pronoun, so you...

Nonplussed

“Nonplussed” is an adjective and applies when a person is  very confused about a situation and is unsure how to react. It does not mean that a person is calm or in control. If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to...

advocate for/advocate

“Advocate” is a verb and it is also a noun. For example, if used as a noun, you can be an advocate of civil rights. If used as verb, you advocate (or not)  something/somebody. Example: Noun: I am an advocate for factory workers. Verb: I do not advocate the use of arms. If you need writing or...