Grammar Gem of the Day: “Staff” Infection

I’m cursed. I have trouble reading books or listening to speakers because I feel the need to dissect their grammar and usage. What a nerd I have turned out to be. Here’s an example. Last Sunday I had trouble focusing on the sermon because the pastor had such bad grammar. One of his most noticible grammatical sins was his misuse of the word “staff.” He said something like this: “The […]

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Grammar Gem of the Day: Which vs. That

Most of my editing clients get this one wrong, so don’t feel too bad if this is news to you, too. How do you know when to use the pronoun “which” and when to use “that?” Its fairly simple. If you can drop the dependent clause in a sentence without losing the point, you should choose “which” and enclose it in commas. Amy’s dog, which is thirteen years old, is […]

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Grammar Gem of the Day

SEEN VS. SAW – The misuse of the word “seen” is one of my biggest grammatical pet peeves. For example, “I seen Ironman 3 last night.” ACK! The correct word is “saw.” Seen is used if it is preceded by a form of “has” (“I have seen that movie three times” – or – “She has seen the second part of the series”).

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How to Support a Grieving Friend

A month ago my mom passed away. I have learned far more than I wanted to about life and death over the last 15 months: how to work with attorneys, accountants, funeral directors, insurance companies, healthcare professionals, and the like. One thing I know for sure is that we are all uncomfortable when it comes to expressing condolences; in large part that is because reacting to someone else’s loss means […]

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February Wacky Word Winners!

  Hey Wacky Word Players! It’s that time again when I announce last month’s Wacky Word of the Day Winners! There were sixty-five entries between Facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ … you all made some amazing sentences using the wacky words I post each day. They were so fun to read! To make it fair, I put the entries in a lovely green bowl (my favorite color) and randomly reached in. […]

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WACKY WORD OF THE DAY – March 14, 2013

RHADAMANTHINE (adjective) = rigorously or inflexibly just. (In Greek mythology, Rhadamanthus was the son of Zeus and Europa. He was a judge of the underworld and known for his strict justice.) Want to win a free book? Use this word in a sentence and you’ll be entered in the March drawing!

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