Where to Put the Word “Only”?

The wordΒ only is very often misplaced in a sentence. Always put it just before the word that it refers to/modifies. …I only have a dollar. πŸ™ …I have only a dollar. πŸ™‚ …She only listened to her brother. πŸ™ …She listened to only her brother. πŸ™‚ …He only knows where it is. πŸ™ …Only he knows where it is. πŸ™‚ …

“The reason is…” Yikes!

Okay. So my cute little happy and unhappy facces came through only as question marks. Sorry about that. Here it is again. Once you say “the reason,” all other words implying the reason are unnecessary. These are always wrong. …The reason why is that she was ill. …The reason is because she is ill. Β [This one leads the list!] …The …

“The reason is…”

So many people make this mistake. My very favorite Dodgers announcer, Vin Scully, whose English was really excellent, made this error. And he is not alone. I heard it three times yesterday and had the news on for only an hour. Once you say “the reason,” all other words implying the reason are unnecessary. …The reason why is that she …

A Little Grammar to Start Your Day: “Different FROM”

It is different from, never different than. The word than is always used in a comparison: e.g., farther than, better than, less than, more intricate than, older than. There will always be an “er” or the word “more” or “less” with the word than. Since there is no way to get a comparison word in the sentence with different, it …

“Who” versus “Whom”

Not a lot of people are really interested in this anymore, but here it is! There are two reasons that people have trouble with who and whom. The first reason is that one does not hear these used correctly. Have you heard the word whom used this week? this month? We have simply lost the correct use of these words. …

Some “Good” Grammar

There is often a question asked about I/me or he/him in the construction “He is taller than I/me” or “I will arrive earlier than he/him.” The word than begins a dependent clause and is always involved in a comparison. Often a dependent clause can have some vital parts missing; that is, the subject and/or the verb can be missing. It …