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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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When is a dwarf not a dwarf?

Recently, I saw a trailer for the soon-to-be-released second part of Peter Jackson’s epic film interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It got me thinking about a story I’d once heard about the word dwarf and its plural forms. Research … Continue reading

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The plural of cow is…

Here’s a good language trivia question. Maybe you know it. It usually goes something like this: What’s the one word in the English language whose singular form shares no letters with its plural form? If you think about it, you … Continue reading

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