Category: Lifestyle

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Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

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Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...

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Column: Grammar mix-up in the key of ‘D’

Do you know the difference between “discreet” and “discrete?” What about “defuse” and “diffuse?” “Dual” and “duel?” Hopefully after today, the answer to all three questions will be a resounding, “Yes!” Let’s start with...

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Column: ‘Fun’ and grammar

Question: “Dear Grammer Guy, thanks for the ‘opportunity’ to read your comments on appropriate word usage. I’d like to know how ‘fun’ came to be used as an adjective. I always thought ‘fun’ was a...

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Column: Compare to or with?

Question: “I remember the imply/infer difference from an episode of “All in the Family.” Gloria is feeling intellectually inadequate relative to her over-educated husband, Meathead. She misuses one of the words (I don’t remember which),...

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Column: Regime and regimen

Question: “I wonder if you have done a commentary on the use of regime and regimen. I often hear or read discussions of ‘performing a training (or workout) regime.’ I always thought a regime was a...

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Column: Imply vs. infer

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, I hear people on a regular basis mixing up ‘imply’ and ‘infer.’ It drives me crazy! Could you please write a column explaining the difference? Maybe I can pin it on...

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Column: Chance vs. opportunity

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, I would like to take this ‘chance’ to ask you about the use of ‘chance & opportunity’. I see this as a real ‘opportunity’ to clear up the proper time to...