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Comprise, compose or consitute?

December 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here are examples of the correct ways to use comprise, compose, and constitute.
Mark Nichol, writing at Daily Writing Tips, offers a list of common spelling mistakes in idioms.
A second pair of eyes is always ideal, but having to apply your skills without a safety net will always happen at some point.

How to repair a comma splice

September 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

“It hasn’t rained for three weeks, all the flowers are dying” is an example of a comma splice. It’s called that because a comma is used to splice together two sentences, which is incorrect. How do you fix one?
Here’s a classic is-it-this-way or is-it-that-way problem that a lot of people get wrong.
Knowing the difference between the types of phrase shorteners can help you use them correctly in writing.
Colons are most often used when introducing a list, and their primary function is to tell the reader that more information is on its way.
Apostrophes can be tricky and are frequently misused, especially in attempts to distinguish between a descriptive plural word and plural ownership.
Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl offers some tips for instances where using one of the two may be the better option.
If you have trouble distinguishing the differences between “until,” “till” and “ ’til,” these tips from Marko Ticak at Grammarly can help get you on the right track.

Using ‘to’ and ‘too’

October 6, 2016 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

“To” and “too” are homophones, which means they are pronounced the same but have different meanings—and that means they’re easily confused.

‘Who’s’ vs. ‘Whose’

October 3, 2016 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

“Who’s” and “whose” are homonyms, meaning they sound the same but have different meanings. Alice Underwood, writing at Grammarly, lays out the basics to help you remember the correct form to use in different contexts.
The words between and among aren’t always interchangeable. Mignon Fogarty shared examples at to illustrate the distinction.
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