Category: Grammar + Syntax


Words Even Editors Spell Wrong

Words Even Editors Spell Wrong

  Today I thought I’d have a little fun and share some common (or uncommon) misspellings that people have been guilty of. I got these from a Facebook post in a group for editors to share typos they find. I think you have to be approved to join the group and see the post, but here’s the link in case you are already a part of it. Let’s begin! I’ve bolded the mistakes that I myself make as well (or used to make). Spelling “a lot” as “alot” (and not to be confused with “allot”!) […]

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Grammar Quizzes

Grammar Quizzes

I love grammar quizzes. I usually know most of the answers, but there are always at least a few that I get wrong and it becomes a teaching moment. I will likely create my own in the future, but for now, here are a few websites on which you can find a good collection! 1. SoftSchools.com Link Difficulty level: Easy-Medium Good quizzes to take: Intransitive vs. Transitive verbs Confusing Words: Accept/Except, Affect/Effect Your/You’re, Farther/Further, Lie/Lay, Lay/Laid Upsides: Great variety and number of quizzes Quizzes are a good length Allows you to review your answers upon […]

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Four Unusual Quotatives

Four Unusual Quotatives

  I didn’t really think about all the ways we could introduce quotes until recently. I just suddenly realized that there were two used fairly frequently, and the third one I remembered later. The fourth one I only realized in researching this post. I was actually doing the research to try to find more, but I didn’t get very far. So I hope to add more as I discover them, and if you can think of any more, please let me know. Like This is probably the most common. A typical example: I was like, […]

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The Case For “Should”

The Case For “Should”

  Consider the following phrase. I recommend that you go to the doctor. Now there are some people who think that there is an elided word there. Consider this: I recommend that you should go to the doctor. This really bothered me for some reason. I didn’t want to think about it that way. It seemed like you were trying to cram together two separate thoughts: “I recommend that you do this” and “You should do this.” Those are basically saying the same thing. It seemed like “should” was redundant. I wanted to prove that it was […]

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