In standard English, double negatives are considered “bad grammar.” Here’s what they are and why you should avoid using them in your writing.
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British English uses “centre”, and American English prefers “center”. But is this always true? What about doubled consonants?
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All of these words sound identical: “peak”, “peek”, and “pique”. So, how can we tell these homophones apart to correctly use their distinct meanings?
American English spelling omits letters compared to British English: “-or” instead of “-our”, dropping silent “e’s”, and replacing “ae” or “oe” with “e”.
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British English favors verbs with the end syllable “-ise”, whereas American English uses “-ize”. But is this always true, and what are other spelling differences?
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We explain the difference between the adverb “there”, the possessive pronoun “their”, and the contraction “they’re”.
There once was a difference between “each other” and “one another”. But what’s the situation today—are they synonyms?
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There seem to be two sides when it comes to the Oxford comma: fervent defenders and staunch opponents of its usage and the logic behind it.
These days, the British government is discussing re-establishing the imperial system instead of the metric system or, to be precise, their current coexistence.
What are reflexive pronouns, and how do we form them? We explain why “themselves” is not the same as “them” and “each other”.
Regarding indefinite articles, this basic rule applies: “a” before a consonant, and “an” before a vowel. But is this always true?
Diseases, theories, and objects are sometimes named after their discoverers. But do we capitalize the resulting compounds?
“Loose” is an adjective, and “to lose” is a verb. But why is there confusion when it comes to the forms “looser” and “loser”?
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Aside from its many meanings, the verb “to let” offers two challenges: “let’s” versus “lets”, as well as “let + (to) + infinitive”.
Our mixed bag explains how to spell these words correctly: lieutenant, rhythm, miniscule vs. minuscule, and colonel.
“In regard to” and “with regard to”, or “in regards to” and “with regards to”? We explain this conundrum and give some tips on using “regard”.
Repeating the subject can get redundant sometimes. So, why not simply drop it? We explain how you can omit the subject in your formal writing.
Recently, we celebrated the European Day of Languages. How many foreign words are part of the English lexicon, and where do they come from?
When should I use “you and I”, and when is it better to say “you and me”? We explain the difference, and two recent changes in their usage.
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