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Tip #16: Rough Drafts Should Be Rough

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You won’t get it right the first time.

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The Difference Between “Latter” and “Former”

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What do we mean when we say “the latter” or “the former”?

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Non-Adverbs That End in -LY

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Most of us, when we think of -ly words, think of adverbs. It’s common, after all, to transform an adjective into an adverb by adding -ly, but…

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Hey Brian: Why No Apostrophe in Possessive Its?

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In this post, I answer a question from a Facebook follower who wonders why there’s no apostrophe in the possessive pronoun its.

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Further or Farther?

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When I was budding young grammar Nazi, the distinction between the modifiers further and farther was a particular peeve of mine. I cannot tell you where I first learned that farther was to be reserved for literal distances…

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