Category: Lifestyle

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Column: A list of grammar peeves

Question: “Hi Jordan, I have a few pet peeves about frequent grammar errors I see and would love for you to clear them up for either me or the rest of the world. Here they...

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Column: Verb-tense agreement with ‘none’

Question: “I heard this sentence on the news last night: ‘None of them were hurt.’ Isn’t that incorrect? I thought ‘none’ was always singular.” Answer: First, I’m glad no one was hurt in whatever the situation...

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Column: A jumping off point

Question: “Hi Jordan, Can you comment on “off of?” [As in] “I jumped off of the rock.” This is another favorite phrase.” (From Caroline Rosewell) Answer: Caroline: Happy to comment, and I appreciate the jumping off point. The...

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Column: The majestic gerund

As a grammar enthusiast, there’s nothing I like more than when English has clear, consistent rules. Confounding that, though, are my favorite parts of English: the gerund – verbs that decided to break all...

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Column: Metaphors vs. idioms

Question: “A friend said to me that he was ‘under the weather, metaphorically speaking.’ I didn’t want to correct him, since he was sick, but I don’t think that’s right. Was that a metaphor, or...

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Column: Wake, waken, awake and awaken

I woke up this morning ready to tackle a thorny grammar issue – although maybe I wakened this morning. Unless I awoke. Perhaps I awakened? I came across this quandary last week. I’d be...

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In defense of ‘alright’

In a previous column, I wrote about how “alright” isn’t “all right.” Today, I thought we could visit some counterarguments. This is going to be fun. First, we’ll look at the history of “alright.”...

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Are you at a crossroads?

Are you at a crossroads and feeling completely paralyzed because you don’t know which direction to take? We can feel stuck and afraid of making the wrong decision. We may feel overwhelmed with anxiety,...