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Lacka-lacka-lack: Lack of vs. lack in

November 22, 2016

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We lay down the score on the difference between 'lack of' and 'lack in.'

How different? Just do it! (4/4)

April 30, 2012

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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 […]

How different? Stats (3/4)

April 29, 2012

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← 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 […]

How different? The gurus speaketh (2/4)

April 28, 2012

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← 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 & […]

How different? Or how deaf are you? (1/4)

April 26, 2012

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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 […]

How not to describe your job

January 16, 2011

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You don't earn brownie points when you use the wrong kind of words in your job description: curate vs. curator.

Usage: Contractions

September 16, 2010

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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.