Adverb Placement

A reader wants to know “if there is a rule for the proper placement of an adverb in sentence structure.” […]

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Wringer or Ringer?

The other day I read an essay in the Washington Post in which a woman describes herself as having been […]

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Questions on WAS and WHO

A reader poses two grammar questions, one on linking verb agreement and one on pronoun case. Question One What is […]

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Two Verb Puzzles in the News

I suppose I may be exposing my own comprehension failings by writing about two verb uses that puzzled me recently. […]

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Bedbugs and Bessie Bugs

The other day, I heard a celebrity say that someone was “as crazy as a bedbug.” I laughed, amused that […]

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Creative Writing 101

What is Creative Writing? Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than […]

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5 Problems with Parenthesis

Parenthesis is the strategy of setting a word, phrase, or clause off from a sentence to interject additional information into […]

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Deck the Halls with Etymology

Traditional Christmas songs are a treasure trove of archaisms and words that have changed their meanings through the centuries. “Deck […]

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Indirect References to Questions

When referring to a paraphrased question, writers often introduce grammatical mistakes in the course of confusing the query for a […]

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