Category Archive for: ‘Grammar and Usage’

The Parts of Speech 101


Most people claim to be befuddled by English grammar. I’m not surprised; it can get pretty complicated. But I think …

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What Is a Proper Adjective?


You are probably familiar with the distinction between common and proper nouns… But did you know that adjectives can be proper too?

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“Lighted” or “Lit”?


Which is the correct past tense of the verb light — lighted or lit?

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Merriest Christmases or Christmas’s?


I received this question recently on our Facebook page:

Merriest of Christmases? Or, Merriest of Christmas’s? I’m thinking Christmases…

Here’s my answer:

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