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November 22, 2016
Comments Off on Lacka-lacka-lack: Lack of vs. lack in
We lay down the score on the difference between 'lack of' and 'lack in.'
April 30, 2012
Comments Off on How different? Just do it! (4/4)
FROM PART 3 PREVIOUSLY in the first three parts, we’ve seen that dictionaries and usage experts support different from as standard usage. Statistics also showed that different from is used by the majority of American and British English speakers. Today, let’s get down to brass tacks with protips. * * * WHAT YOU SHOULD DO […]
April 29, 2012
Comments Off on How different? Stats (3/4)
← PART 2 | PART 4 → FROM PART 2 WE’VE HAD A LOOK at what the dictionaries and the grammar gurus tell us about different from vs. than vs. to. Let’s now look at something different. * * * SOMETIMES, STATS DON’T LIE Remember that little chart from Mark Israel (in Part 2) that I said hides a multiplicity […]
April 28, 2012
← PART 1 | PART 3 → FROM PART 1 PREVIOUSLY, we looked at the positions of various standard dictionaries on use of different from vs. different than vs. different to. We now turn to the prognostications of usage experts. * * * WHAT THE USAGE EXPERTS SAY Paul Brians Common Errors in English Usage (2nd edition, 2008/9) (Published by William, James & […]
April 26, 2012
QUESTION: Do we say different from or to or than? Until my upstairs neighbour Johnny put this question to me yesterday, I didn’t realise many native English speakers in fact have trouble with this themselves. (Notwithstanding his name, Johnny is Chinese and is still in school, so we could now appreciate the problem of from/to/thanmust […]
January 16, 2011
You don't earn brownie points when you use the wrong kind of words in your job description: curate vs. curator.
September 16, 2010
Comments Off on Usage: Contractions
Contractions can make your English more natural and authentic-sounding, yet they are one of the hardest things in the English language to do well.