Daily Blog Post: though, thought, through

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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...

Daily Grammar Post: admission/admittance

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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...

Daily Grammar Tip: coronate or crown

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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...

AM / PM

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“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

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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

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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

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“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

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“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...

Error / Err

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“Err” is a verb, it means: “To make an error or a mistake”, therefore, we should use “Err” when we commit an “Error”.  The correct expression is “to err is human.” 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...

Islams / Muslims

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Islam is a religion and Muslims their followers. Therefore, the followers of Islam are called Muslims, not Islams. 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 like...

Prophecy / Prophesy

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There is a slight difference between these two words. “Prophecy,” is a noun, a prediction. Meanwhile the verb “to prophesy”  means predicting something. When a prophet prophesies he or she utters prophecies. 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...

Alright / All right

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Is it “all right” as two words or “alright” as one word? The word “alright” is a misspelling of “all right”, so you might want to use the correct two word phrase “all right” to indicate acceptace or accuracy. If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals at...

Point being is that / The point being is that

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Probably, you have said something like “The point being is that” or you have probably heard somebody else saying it. This is redundant; it’s the mix of these two phrases,  “the point is that” and “the point being that.” Just say one of them. If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language...

Insight / Incite

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Insight is a noun, which means an understanding of something. It often carries the connotation of a clear understanding with an insider’s perspective. On the other hand, Incite is a verb that means to stimulate action, to rouse, or to stir up. If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, Contact the professionals...

Carat / Caret / Carrot / Karat

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Ok let’s get this one straight out for once and for all! “Carrots” are those crunchy orange vegetables Bugs Bunny is so fond of, but usually this spelling gets misused for less familiar words which are pronounced the same or similar but have very different meanings. For example: Carat: A unit of mass equal to 200 mg and...