Grammar tips
Tricky word pairs
On March 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Went or gone? Refer or recommend? Here’s a quick refresher on how to use these tricky words correctly. Went vs. Gone WENT and GONE are both forms of the verb TO GO. WENT is used in the past tense (also known as the preterit/preterite tense): I knew I needed to study, but I went to […]

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Refresher on IT’S vs. ITS
On December 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are you confused by when to use IT’S and when to use ITS? If so, you have every right to be, because the correct way to use ITS goes against the general rule we’re taught about apostrophes. Here’s a refresher on the difference between the two:     We normally use an apostrophe when something […]

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Are you mixing up these words?
On September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Do the following word pairs confuse you? You’re note alone.   Complement vs. Compliment Complement means to go well with, supplement. That dress really complements the green in Jennifer’s eyes Compliment means to flatter. Gloria wants to compliment Jen on her how well her dress complements the green in her eyes. Complementary vs. Complimentary Complementary means goes […]

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Are you using “I” when you should be using “ME”?
On August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

If I had to name one grammatical error I hear more than any other, I would choose the misuse of the pronoun I instead of ME. Here’s a refresher on the difference between the two: I is a subject pronoun, which means it’s used when you are a subject in a sentence—in other words, when […]

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I could HAVE, not I could OF
On June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

We learn to speak before we learn to read and write, so sometimes when putting words onto the page it’s easy to confuse those that sound the same (also known as homonyms or homophones). For example: bred and bread plane and plain great and grate led and lead to and two and too there and they’re […]

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When to use THAT and when to use WHICH
On April 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Do you know the difference between THAT and WHICH? My friend Debbie likes to say this: If it sounds like you could use either, use “that.” For example: *Cooking is an activity that relaxes many people (CORRECT) *Cooking is an activity which relaxes many people (INCORRECT) In the above sentence, to the untrained ear it may […]

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When to use a hyphen
On April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you using hyphens when you shouldn’t be? Hyphens are used to avoid ambiguity when two descriptive words are placed next to each other before a noun. (They are also used for compound words such as dead-end.) For example, take the following sentence: The small business owner got a great loan from the bank.  Is the […]

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“To lay” vs. “to lie”
On January 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

I love yoga. I love my yoga teachers too. They are kind, positive, nurturing people who strive to make their students feel good inside and out. They aren’t always so great at grammar. In nearly every class, at some point the teacher will gently say “Now lay on your backs.” While I love this part […]

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Is it ITS or IT’S?
On December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

ITS vs. IT’S is tricky because the way to use ITS goes against everything we’re taught about possession. Here’s a quick explanation that I hope will clear up the confusion: When something belongs to someone or something (possession), we normally use an apostrophe: This book belongs to Gloria This is Gloria’s book I enjoy reading blog […]

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More capitalization confusion
On October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the most common capitalization errors I see is regarding family members, especially parents. Here’s a refresher on the rule: If the “Mom/mom” or “Dad/dad” is replacing the name of the person, then capitalize it because it’s a proper noun. If it’s replacing the title of the person, leave it in lowercase. For example, […]

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