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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...
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...
“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...
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...
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
Oh, our dear beloved English language! Isn’t it fun? The words though, thought, and through are often misspelled and mispronounced. The best recommendation we can give you for these three words is to take care when you write them and when you speak them. The second best recommendation we can offer is not to confuse...
The word “admittance” is a noun that means permission or right to enter, while “admission” can be very similar: allowing someone enter or granting permission to enter. Admission can also mean an acknowledgement of the truth or a confession. If words and their meanings and usage confuse you, the experts at Writing It Right For...
People use “coronate” as a verb by mistaking it as related to coronation, however, “coronate” is actually not a real word. Instead “crown” can be used as a noun for the actual headpiece, and as a verb meaning to anoint someone with special significance. If you have questions about grammar or word usage, the experts...
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)...