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While educated people agree on most grammatical rules , there are fierce debates on a few key points. We're going to lay down the most controversial rules and explain when to follow them and when to break free...People have tried to argue for
Back in his early days, before he became a wrestling superstar and long before he appeared in kids' movies, The Rock liked to yell out, "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'? " before bashing into an opponent. A new study published in this month's
The real world of social action and thought is far more dialectical, dappled and wonderful than our scribal language can now capture with its over-reliance on tired prepositions. Not long ago, the sub-editors gave it a rest after I condemned here
As physicians and members of teams of providers, we function in groups in order to provide care to our patients on a daily basis. How effectively we interact with patients, nurses, technicians and other providers may significantly impact the
The Boston Globe , Politico , CNN, Fox, the New York Daily News , the New York Post , the Daily Beast , the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times are using the masculine pronoun." Thursday, NPR decided to use male pronouns and explained its
I'm marking my 10-year anniversary of writing the "Ask Amy" column by rerunning some of my favorite Q-and-A's from a decade of advice...Dear Readers: I'm marking my 10-year anniversary of writing the "Ask Amy" column by rerunning some of my favorite
For others, it is a series of archaic rules beloved of pedants, bearing little relation to how people really communicate...But the Times hit back in a leader attacking "grammar scolds" who worry more about rules than clear, idiomatic English. It isn'
Busia County despite leading her former school in verse, drama and music What function does the preposition despite perform in that sentence? It effectively opposes verse, drama and music to what are supposedly more academic subjects. The word
Story According to reports from the Associated Press, the number of all-boy or all-girl classes in public schools has risen to nearly 500 across the United States . Proponents of the movement claim that separation allows for more tailored curricula,
Archive Recent Posts June 07 What jobs have you had in the past?...June 07 Can you choose the sentence that has indefinite pronoun-antecedent agreement?...June 07 This word has appeared in 131 New York Times articles in the past year.