Tag Archives: grammar and usage

Please try to understand: it’s “try to” not “try and”

I’ve often stressed that the observations and advice posted here are primarily about written English, as opposed to spoken English. For a number of reasons written English and spoken English can almost be thought of as two separate languages, or … Continue reading

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Forgo, foregoing, foregone…but please not “forwent”

There isn’t a category of words, phrases, and grammar known simply as “ugly English.” But there probably should be. Qualifying immediately for that category would be “forwent.” It’s the past tense of “forgone.” You’re probably familiar with foregone, as in … Continue reading

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Thanks to writing clearly, we’ll positively understand you.

Today’s post is the second in a very short series (of 2) covering misuses I’ve recently seen on the rise. Last time I talked about the misuse of infamous for famous. Today, it’s using “thanks to” in a negative way. … Continue reading

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Lay, Lie, Laid, Lain…oh boy, here it comes.

As readers know (because it’s clear on this site), I welcome requests for topics for this blog. I try to write up the user-requested topics a bit more quickly than items from the list of planned topics I keep for … Continue reading

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Correlative Conjunction-itis

One of the topics I’ve grown to enjoy teaching is parallelism. It’s also an aspect of editing that I like, because it brings a lot of bang for the buck: in terms of clarifying an author’s intent or shoring up … Continue reading

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