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The Skinny on the Subjunctive

by • April 07, 2015
Love the subjunctive mood.

The subjunctive mood sounds complex at first (who knew that verbs had moods?), but it’s actually a fairly simple concept. The subjunctive is usually the third-person form of the verb with the ‑s dropped. For example, when using the verb to be in the subjunctive, the present… MORE →

3 Things You Must Know About Double Negatives

by • April 01, 2015
Apparently double negatives are okay in math but not in English. Cartoon.

You probably have been told more than once that double negatives are wrong and that you shouldn’t use them. However, usually, it’s left at that — without any explanation of what exactly a double negative is or why it’s considered incorrect (in standard English). We want to… MORE →