Modifying Absolutes

Absolutes refer to words that don’t have gradations—the described concept is either true or false (e.g., dead, fatal, infinite, perfect, pregnant, priceless, unanimous, unique). As a rule, they can’t be modified; but they often are. Here are guidelines. Share This:

Toward Less Boring Linking-Words

So, you’ve done a lot of research, and now it’s time to start writing, or you’ve written your piece and it’s time to read it through for a first author edit. When you’ve written down your thoughts, they may appear on paper as you speak in everyday conversation. Share This:

On the word ‘like’

The word “like” is one of the most common English words, with many usages, some standard, some colloquial, and some completely idiomatic. Following is an analysis, with recommendations for good usage. Share This:

Negative Prefixes

Most of us grow up learning the negative prefixes by hearing them spoken in context. But, what determines which prefix to use in order to form that word’s opposite? Why is it unlawful, but it’s illegal? Why is it infirm, but it’s impaired? And how do you know what prefix to use when you need

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Commonly Misused Words—Part 2

Your spell-checker may not identify these words as wrong, because they’re not misspelled. However, because these terms look alike and sound alike, they’re often confused with each other.  How many of these do you get mixed up? Share This:

Commonly Misused Words—Part 1

Your spell-checker may not identify these words as wrong, because they’re not misspelled. However, because these terms look alike and sound alike, they’re often confused with each other and get misused.  How many of these do you get mixed up? Share This: