What’s Wrong with This Statement?

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…It burns hotter and quicker. It does, indeed, burn hot, and then the comparison is “hotter.” However, it burns quickly, not quick; and the comparison is “more quickly.” …He reacted more calmly — not “calmer.” …It runs more smoothly — not “smoother.” Just a little grammar — a very common grammar error, I might add — information for the day. …


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Just for the record, though it is probably gaining favor since “conversate” has been declared a word — ugh! — the word should be “preventive.” …We took preventive measures to correct the situation. Happy punctuating! Margie

“Farther” and “Further”

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The word far is compared as farther/further and with the superlative farthest/furthest. Farther/farthest are physically measurable distances. …We walked two miles farther today. …She drove farther on Monday than today. Further/furthest are not physically measurable. …This discussion is going no further. …She carried the relationship further than she had intended. Happy punctuating! Margie

Prepositional Phrase

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The terms “essential/nonessential” NEVER apply to a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrases that are adjectives tend to be right after the word they modify; prepositional phrases that are adverbs can float around in the sentence. One prepositional phrase that just modifies rarely has punctuation. …The man in the red shirt is my dad. …The car near mine was also damaged. …We …

Plurals of Names

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When making a title and name plural, there are some options. Obviously you need to take into account how it is said. Two people named Smith …the two Messrs. Smith …the two Mr. Smiths …the two Mmes. Smith …the two Mrs. Smiths …the two Misses Smith …the two Miss Smiths …the two Mss. Smith …the two Ms. Smiths Happy punctuating! …

It’s Not Too Late…

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We had just an hour and a half of the grammar class last week. We have thirteen and a half hours to go. Join us. Here is the link with the information. http://www.ccr.edu/index.php/component/content/article/43-loocs/443-cre302-good-grammar-finally Happy punctuating! Margie

Grammar Class

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The 15-hour grammar class begins this Sunday at 4:30 Pacific time. Register now! http://www.ccr.edu/index.php/component/content/article/43-loocs/443-cre302-good-grammar-finally Happy punctuating! Margie

“Sometime/Some Time”

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  Often the grammar of the sentence determines the one-word/two-word difference for the word sometime. If it is the object of a preposition, it has to be two words. …for some time… …at some time… In these expressions, the word time is the main noun. You cannot say “ago” or “back” by themselves. So you need two words. …some time …