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Six Confusing Words Beginning with C

By Judy Vorfeld Time to look at three pairs of words that give many peo­ple prob­lems. Criteria vs. Criterion “Criteria” is plural (like “phe­nom­ena”), while “cri­te­rion” is sin­gu­lar, like “phe­nom­e­non.” You have one cri­te­rion or many cri­te­ria. It’s easy to be con­fused, since some words (e.g., “data” […]

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Me, Myself, and I

The Confusing World of Reflexive Pronouns By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever won­dered if you should say, “Jason and myself…” or “Myself and Jason…” or “Jason and I…” or “Me and Jason…” or “Jason and me…? Wonder no more. We have the answers. “Myself” is a reflex­ive pronoun, […]

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Is it its’, it’s, or its?

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever been con­fused about when to use an apos­tro­phe with pos­ses­sives? And where the apos­tro­phe goes? Unfortunately, not all pos­ses­sives use apos­tro­phes. This includes the per­sonal pro­nouns “its,” “theirs,” and “yours.” Since they are the most fre­quently mis­un­der­stood, let’s tackle them. The wonderful […]

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Homonyms

By Judy Vorfeld HOMONYM: One of two or more words hav­ing the same sound and often the same spelling but dif­fer­ent mean­ings. Examples: quail (cower), and quail (bird) fair (appear­ance), fair (county fair), and fair (rea­son­able). HOMOPHONE: One of two or more words pro­nounced the same but […]

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Attributive Nouns

By Judy Vorfeld Do you feel okay punc­tu­at­ing pos­ses­sives until you have to decide on “men’s room,” “mens’ room,” or “mens room?” I have peo­ple reg­u­larly ask­ing for the answer. Let’s inves­ti­gate. In this case, we’re talk­ing about attribu­tive nouns, not com­pounded nouns. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says an […]

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