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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"The use of CO2 to clean graphite has been an excepted practice for over twenty years."
I take exception to that!
These two words sound alike but mean different things:
"accepted": related to "accept," meaning to receive with approval--We have accepted you into our club.
"excepted": related to "except," meaning anything but that--We like all of you, present company excepted.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
"You could use more then one."
I used to think this was just a typo, but then someone told me she'd always thought "then" was correct. Nope! It's "than" when you're saying "more than."
Monday, December 13, 2010
Is a punctuation mark incorrect here? "At Christmas, the Germans baked squares of lebkuchen, or honey cake; loaves of stollen, a sweetbread studded with raisins, and trays of pfeffernusse, peppery spice cookies coated in sugar syrup."
Congrats to 73% of you.
As you can tell, this sentence contains an overabundance of commas here. The one semicolon is lonely and needs another friend:
"At Christmas, the Germans baked squares of lebkuchen, or honey cake; loaves of stollen, a sweetbread studded with raisins; and trays of pfeffernusse, peppery spice cookies coated in sugar syrup."
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
"Men and Women's Gymnastics"
Gymnastics doesn't work this way. The men are separate from the women. They don't share the equipment, nor do they share an apostrophe. They each need their own:
Men's and Women's Gymnastics
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Here is the double question:
Only that often times I see "often times" and "life like" written as two words: "often times," "life like." I assume in such a context as "That's a lifelike doll," they're compound words, and I can't think of a way to say them as two words. Tell me if I'm wrong!
The short answer for both is that each is one word: oftentimes and lifelike.
You might consider using just the word often instead of oftentimes: fewer letters.
Monday, December 6, 2010
What's the best way to rewrite this? "As the owner of your business, it is imperative that you learn about the business."
As the owner of your business,
it is imperative that you learn about it. 13 (21%)
As the owner of your business, you
must learn about the business. 12 (20%)
As the owner of your business,
you must learn about it. 27 (45%)
No rewriting necessary. 9 (13%)
Congrats to 45% of you. The initial problem here is that "it" can't follow "As the owner of your business." "You" needs to go there. The second item to be concerned about is the repetition of the word "business." Therefore, the third choice is best.
Friday, December 3, 2010
"I'll canvas the area over there."
Oh, and this was spoken by a police officer.
To canvass, with two S's, is to inquire, as in to canvass the neighborhood by knocking door to door and asking residents questions.
Canvas, on the other hand, isn't a verb. It's a noun and it's that thing on which painters create their art. Or maybe someone is going to put canvas on that area over there.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I have to go research pick up vs. pickup, as in "your pictures will be ready for..."
Pickup with no space is a noun, so you use that with "Your pictures will be ready for pickup." It can also be an adjective: " a pickup game of baseball"
To pick up is a verb, so you would say, "I will pick you up at 10:00."
I have covered this topic before: here, here and here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
"In its fresh form, this small, silvery fish (cousin to the sardine), figured prominently in the local diet."
Hmmm. There's something fishy about that last comma! Delete! Delete!