Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Myth Buster: Never Use “Impact” as a Verb
Is it okay to use “impact” as a verb, or is that a big no-no?Read More
Myth Buster: Replace Fragments with Complete Sentences
“Always write in complete sentences,” is an axiom proclaimed by most English teachers, and they are diligent to point out …Read More
Myth Buster: Never Start a Sentence with Because
This grammar myth is, thankfully, less pervasive than some others I’ve addressed. Still, I regularly encounter folks who believe there is a general prohibition against starting a sentence with the word because. Others, who’ve never heard of this dubious rule, scratch their heads when they hear it because it seems so arbitrary.
It’s not, however. There is a reasonable explanation for the idea that a sentence beginning with because is anathema.Read More
Toss Useless Prepositions
I’ve covered the terminal preposition issue before, but there’s one small clarification necessary. Generally speaking, it’s okay to end a …Read More