I LOVE (and Need) All of My Gadgets

                    Image credit: 123fr.com   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)....

discreet or discrete–which is correct?

Homophones 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...

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...

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 than, better than, worse than, colder than and many more. CORRECT: The birthday party was...

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,...

What We Do: Academic Writing and Editing Assistance

I am a retired English and Social Sciences public school teacher and college instructor: I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English, Education and Psychology; and a Reading Specialist Certification. When I started Writing It Right For You, it never occurred to me that I would be *teaching* again. But one of the...