Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?
My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. …Read More
Writing Tip #33: Know the Rules Before You Break the Rules
Writers love to break the rules of grammar and writing conventions. That’s fine, but you should know the rules before you break them.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
Imply vs. Infer
People often confuse the words imply and infer. After reading this article, you will no longer be among them. And when you hear someone err in this matter, send them to this page immediately. Together, we can make the world a better place — one diction error at a time.Read More