Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for English

The Power of Very Specific Words, with Joel Schwartzberg

The author of "The Language of Leadership," Joel Schwartzberg, explains how you can...

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How to Really Talk Like a Pirate. When Do You Need a Comma Before 'Because'?

Based on the history of who was sailing the high seas, it's a good bet pirates sounded a lot...

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Naked Idioms. Short-Lived. Capitalizing Earth. Hector Protector.

We naked apes have been making up sayings with the word "naked" for a long time. Plus,...

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The Origin of 'Honeymoon.' 'Where' Versus 'In Which.' Fevesteter.

What does getting married have to do with honey and the moon? What is tricky about the word...

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Weird Words for Alcohol. Starting a Sentence with 'However.'

What does "Dutch courage" mean? And 10 other weird words for alcohol. Plus, the special...

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How Storytelling Makes a Difference (and How to Do It Well)

As much as we'd like to believe that people are convinced by facts, years of cognitive...

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What's the Opposite of Deja Vu? Commas Between Adjectives

You know about deja vu, but do you know about jemais vu, presque vu, deja lu, deja entendu, and...

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The Best Stories from 15 Years of Grammar Girl

We've gone through a lot of stories and tips in 15 years—more than a thousand. Today, I...

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'Fish' or 'Fishes'? Why Do We Call Out 'Nothing' as 'Bupkis'?

"Fish" really does have two plurals. Usually you want "fish," but we talk...

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'If' Versus 'Whether.' Why We Say 'The Exception That Proves the Rule.'

"If" and "whether" are often interchangeable, but sometimes using one or the...

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Trundle, Amble, Roam, and Shamble. How Some Preposition Use Has Changed Over Time.

We look at the surprising origins of some of our favorite words for walking. Plus, how do you...

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Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction: Right or Wrong? Good 'Subpar' and Bad 'Subpar.'

Many people have been taught that it's wrong to start a sentence with a conjunction, but...

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How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Grumple.

How Long Is a Good Sentence? 'Cord' or 'Chord'? Subscribe to the...

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What Made 'Friends' Funny. How Cicadas Got Their Name.

You laughed and laughed while watching "Friends." One reason it was funny is that the...

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Is 'Graduated College' Wrong? Five Wonderful Latin Phrases.

I'm hearing "graduated college" much more often. Is it still wrong? Plus, five bona...

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'Bring,' 'Take,' and 'Carry.' 'The Queen's Gambit.' Sweepy Thing.

We go through the simple rules for "bring" and "take," but then talk about...

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Writing Dialogue. 'Associate Degree' or 'Associate's Degree'? Wiffy.

Is that dialogue feeling off? We're here to help! Plus, how to write about degrees this...

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