Irregular Plural Nouns—Learn Patterns to Help You Remember the Tricky Ones
Irregular plural nouns are nouns that do not become plural by adding -s or -es, as most nouns in the English language do. You’re probably...
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Apart or A Part? Learn Their Meanings and Their Correct Use
A part and apart are often confused, especially by non-native speakers of English. Apart is mostly used as an adverb, denoting a separation between two...
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All of a Sudden or All of the Sudden—Which is Correct?
All of a sudden is an idiom that is a more poetic way of saying “suddenly.” A common mistake to make, especially for English learners,...
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Active vs. Passive Voice—What Are They and How Do I Use Them?
Active voice means that a sentence has a subject that acts upon its verb. Passive voice means that a subject is a recipient of a...
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Persons vs. People vs. Peoples—What’s the Difference?
Most of the time, people is the correct word to choose as a plural for person. Persons is archaic, and it is safe to avoid...
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Regards, Best Regards, In Regard To—How to Use Them
Should you write regards to close your next letter or email? What does it mean to send your regards, anyway? When to End a Letter...
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First, Firstly, At First…Which Is It?
First and firstly are both ordinal (or ordering) adverbs that English speakers and writers use to enumerate related points (e.g., first…second…third… or firstly…secondly…thirdly…). Because first,...
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When to Use a Comma Before “Or”
Should you use a comma before or? The answer depends on how you are using or. Always place a comma before or when it begins...
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Theater and Theatre—How Is It Spelled?
Whether you use the spelling theatre or theater will depend on where you hail from. In American English, the spelling is theater; in Britain and...
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Hanged vs. Hung—Learn the Difference
Even the most hardened grammarians don’t condone capital punishment for grammar offenses, but we do tend to get hung up about hanged. Hanged can only...
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