I LOVE (and Need) All of My Gadgets

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Everyone who knows me also knows that I am a true “Gadget Girl”…I work with a desk full of computers, tablets, and smartphones. I use Mac OS, iOS, and Android (sorry, Windows and Blackberry, I quit you both a long time ago).

Today, I am editing the literature review for a dissertation proposal for one of my PhD student/clients. I LOVE (and NEED) to use three of my gadgets to speed up the process.

  • In the middle of my deskspace is my MacBook Air, on which I am using Word for Mac to do the actual editing.
  • On my left is my iPad2, where I am checking the list of references that I uploaded into my Dropbox account.
  • On my right is my Samsung Galaxy Note, with which I am checking the references on the Chrome browser.

I save time because I don’t have to switch back and forth between apps and tabs on my Air. I save paper and printer ink because I don’t have to print out lists or copies of documents. Everything is uploaded to the Cloud.

Now do you see why I LOVE (and NEED) all of my gadgets?

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discreet or discrete–which is correct?

QuestioningHomophones are pairs of words that sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings. Discreet is an adjective that means showing reserve or respect with one’s behavior or speech. The noun “discretion” is derived from “discreet”. Discrete is also an adjective, but it means something distinct, separate, or unrelated. Example: The child gave ten discrete reasons for his actions.

Which homophones are confusing to you? Let us know in the comments section.

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Try and/Try to

This is something interesting.  The phrase “try and” has been used in modern culture many times.  Also, you can hear it used in regular conversation.  However, the correct phrase is “try to.”

  • INCORRECT: I am going to try and fix the sink myself.
  • CORRECT: I am going to try to fix the sink myself.

The very definition of the word “try” can help to explain the difference in the two example sentences.

  • Try (transitive verb): To make an attempt at – (Merriam Webster)

Since “try” is the transitive verb, that transitions one verb to the next, with “and” serving as the conjunction, that would normally be used to join two verbs, “and” is not needed.

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Different from/Different than

Is there a difference (pun totally intended)?  Yes.  First, as always, let’s look into the explanation.  ‘Different’ is a word used to contrast, rather than (tee hee) compare.  ‘Than’ usually follows adjectives used to compare people, items, conditions, etc.

Examples: More than, less thanbetter thanworse thancolder than and many more.

  • CORRECT: The birthday party was different than I expected.
  • INCORRECT: The birthday party was different from what I expected.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • When creating a sentence if a noun comes after ‘different’, use ‘from.’
  • When creating a sentence where a clause (subject and verb) follow ‘different’, use than.

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Aren’t I/ Am I Not

This is once again an example of conjunction confusion.  These terms are used constantly in conversation (at least my own) and often incorrectly.  The best way to know if the right terms are being used, our favorite rule is to, BREAK IT DOWN.

Incorrect:  I’m carpooling with you, aren’t I?

Correct: I’m carpooling with you, am I not?

Reading both sentences aloud it may seem like that’s not quite right.  I’m not being “Holier than Thou” in the correct sentence.  Scout’s honor.  To prove it, let’s look at the breakdown.

Incorrect: I’m carpooling with you, are not I?

Correct: I’m carpooling with you, am I not?

Read both versions aloud this time.  When the conjunction “aren’t” is broken down to its truest form, it really doesn’t belong in the sentence at all.  All conjunction confusion is best remedied by breaking it down.

*Pops locks for good grammar.*

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