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Comma Confusion Clarified

Grammar encompasses the words we use as well as how we string them together and punctuate them. Confusion about comma use abounds.

My book, Grammar for People Who Hate Rules, addresses four scenarios of this often used — and often misused — punctuation mark: with Latin abbreviations (chapter 29), with academic degrees (chapter 30), with conjunctions (chapter 41), and with but (chapter 42).

This post focuses on commas when they are used to separate clauses, both independent and dependent. Continue

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10 Sets of Words That Confuse

I love words, but I often find myself second-guessing whether I’m using a certain word properly — especially when two words are similar in sound, spelling or meaning.

If you love words, you know how confusing the English language can be.

Consider this simple choice. Would you say:
Over a dozen skiers flew over the jump.

Or would you say:
More than a dozen skiers made it over the jump. Continue

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Content vs. Contents: What’s The Difference?

moving_boxes_contentsA colleague who was helping a family member move brought up content vs. contents. In her role as a technology expert, she deals with content in terms of words and images incorporated into websites, blogs and other electronic media.

But as a moving helper, she was dealing with the contents of a house and garage.

My google search proved that a seemingly direct word really is anything but. Here’s what I discovered: Continue

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Laugh While You Learn: 101 Myths, Urban Legends and Old Wives Tales

Book cover - tv rots brainIf you like to learn and laugh at the same time, I have a recommendation: TV Rots Your Brian … Or Does It? Was Mom Wrong?

An entertaining and educational read, this captivating collection of truth, fiction, urban legends and old wives tales makes a perfect holiday gift for just about anyone: friend, family member, boss, teacher, colleague, client.

This is the second book by author Brian Udermann, Ph.D., a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse professor and health and motivational humorist. It opens with a true/false quiz followed by short, easy-to-read chapters that explore topics related to exercise and fitness, nutrition, general health, and children.

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