English Review…

I am doing a five-hour English review on February 7 and 8. This course is designed for those taking certification exams but is open to anyone who wants to improve English skills. We will cover grammar and punctuation, hyphens, apostrophes, vocab development, one-word/two-words, proofreading, et cetera. Here is the link for information and registration: http://ccr.edu/index.php/component/content/article/43-loocs/437-cre301-csrrpr-english-review Happy punctuating! Margie

“If” versus “Whether”

When the grammar in a sentence calls for a noun clause — e.g., direct object, object of the infinitive, object of the preposition — the clause has to begin with whether, not if. …I don’t know WHETHER he will go. …He doesn’t remember WHETHER she was there. …We want to ask WHETHER she is coming. …I am not sure WHETHER …

The Skinny on “Past” and “Passed”

Someone on FB asked about these. This is from my new book that is coming out this fall: Word Pares, Pears, Pairs. It will be some 3,000 pairs defined with examples. passed Past tense and past participle of to pass Always part of the verb VB: go by   …passed all but one car in the race… VB: distribute   …was passed …

Welcome to “Margie Holds Court”

As I launch this blog, Margie Holds Court, it is my hope that it will be a place where we can share our love of this language. As I approach the winding down of my teaching career — I started as a high school Spanish teacher in 1964!! You do the math — I want to talk about the way …