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A or An before “H”?

Judy Vorfeld This is an heav­enly, his­tor­i­cal hotel. Really? Things have changed. Language is ever chang­ing, includ­ing how to use “a” and “an” before a word begin­ning with “h.” “An his­tor­i­cal book” is no longer idiomatic in American English. Nor it is heav­enly. Before a pro­nounced “h,” the indefinite […]

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In regard to

Judy Vorfeld When writ­ing a busi­ness let­ter, you might be tempted to say, “In regards to,” but in the U.S., it’s “In regard to.” Also, for a lit­tle smoother way of writ­ing, you could sub­sti­tute the phrase for “about,” “regard­ing,” or “concerning.”

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Repetitive or Repetitious?

Judy Vorfeld REPETITIVE means occur­ring over and over but is fairly neu­tral. Like breath­ing. Or waves pound­ing on the shore. Or trash pickup on Tuesdays. REPETITIOUS means the same but is often used to mean it’s tedious (makes you stress out). Like grind­ing one’s teeth. Or playing […]

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People who or People that?

By Judy Vorfeld Do you find it dif­fi­cult to know when to use “who” vs. “that”? These two words are rel­a­tive pro­nouns that tie together groups of words to nouns or other pro­nouns. Let’s take this sen­tence: “The run­ner who exer­cises reg­u­larly usu­ally does the best.” “Who” connects […]

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Transitions

By Judy Vorfeld Transitional words and phrases Have you ever won­dered how to use con­nect­ing words or phrases prop­erly? These tran­si­tional words and phrases are like bridges, and con­nect­ing parts of a sen­tence or con­nect­ing ideas. Take a look at some of them: ADDITION addi­tion­ally, and, also, again, and then, […]

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