Category: Grammar Guy

Column: Adjectives: When to hyphenate them

Question: I know sometimes adjectives need to be hyphenated before nouns, but there are plenty of times when I would expect a hyphen and don’t see one. Are there rules to help sort things...

Column: Mannequin or manikin?

I write all the time about French, German, Latin and Greek influences on the English language, but I believe this week’s column will mark a first for the Grammar Guy: A word of Dutch...

Column: Have people become objects?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, over the past few years I have increasingly heard the word ‘that’ used in place of the word ‘who.’  Example: ‘The people that work for us.’ I even hear this on national radio...

Column: Aid vs. aide

Question: “I have a co-worker who regularly uses ‘aid’ and ‘aide’ interchangeably, and it drives me crazy. Can you address this topic?” Answer: I not only can, but will, dear reader! “Aid” and “aide”...

Column: Before you go any ‘further’

Question: “Jordan, a few years ago Ford Motor Co. used the tagline ‘Go Further.’ Would you please explain the correct use of ‘further’ vs. ‘farther?’ I would prefer to rely on the Grammar Guy...