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Criteria-Criterion

By Judy Vorfeld Are you like a lot of peo­ple who get con­fused when the plural of a word doesn’t end in “s”? CRITERIA OR 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 […]

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Commas

By Judy Vorfeld Do you cringe when some­one reviews your work and says you’re mak­ing mis­takes with com­mas? Never fear. I’m here to help. Q. How do I know if and when to use a comma to set off words near the begin­ning of a sen­tence? A. Use a comma after elements […]

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Idioms

By Judy Vorfeld Main Entry: id.i.om Pronunciation: ’i-dE-&m Function: noun Etymology: Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma indi­vid­ual pecu­liar­ity of lan­guage, from Greek idiOmat-, idiOma, from idi­ousthai to appro­pri­ate, from idios Date: 1588 1 a : the lan­guage pecu­liar to a peo­ple or […]

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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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Common Grammatical Mistakes

You’re bright. You speak well. But when it comes to writ­ing, it’s dif­fer­ent. All those con­fus­ing rules con­cern­ing spelling, punc­tu­at­ing, cap­i­tal­iz­ing, etc. give you headaches. And to com­pound mat­ters, some­times your brain says to spell a word one way but you type it dif­fer­ently. Does any­one really care? […]

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