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Awhile or A While?

By Judy Vorfeld A while ago, I decided to research the dif­fer­ences between “a while” and “awhile.” I like Professor Paul Brians’ com­ments: When “awhile” is spelled as a sin­gle word, it is an adverb mean­ing “for a time” (“stay awhile”); but when “while” is the object of a prepo­si­tional phrase, like […]

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Among-Between

By Judy Vorfeld Do you get con­fused over when to use “among” and when to use “between”? Let’s see if I can help with­out con­fus­ing you fur­ther! The Gregg Reference Manual, Ninth Edition, says that in gen­eral we use “between” when refer­ring to two per­sons or things, and […]

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Alot or A Lot or Allot?

By Judy Vorfeld Is there such a word as “alot”? Professor Paul Brians says that this com­mon spelling error may have begun began because there is an English a word spelled “allot” which is a verb mean­ing to appor­tion or grant. * Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says: 1 : to assign as […]

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Due to or Because of

By Judy Vorfeld It’s easy to mix up usage of “due to” and “because of.” Here are some tips to help you remem­ber which is which. “DUE TO” mod­i­fies nouns, but intro­duces adjec­tive phrases: “Her fail­ure was due to poor study habits.” Explanation: “due to poor study habits” […]

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Affect-Effect

By Judy Vorfeld Affect or Effect? What’s the Difference? If you’re con­fused about when to use “affect” and “effect,” you have com­pany! AFFECT means to change, touch, impress or influ­ence some­thing. It means to act upon some­thing. If some­one dis­tracts me when I’m typ­ing, it affects my […]

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