The Word “This” or “That”

Margie Wakeman Wells General 2 Comments

This and that should NOT be used to express “to what extent.” It is NOT ever correct to say …It was not that bad. …I didn’t expect it to be this easy. Instead, you want the word so, which is what is called an adverb of degree, telling “to what extent.” …It was not so bad. …I didn’t expect it to …

“Incident/Incidence”

Margie Wakeman Wells General, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Incident is an individual occurrence; incidence is the rate of occurrence. We seem to get into trouble in the plural. …There was an incident last night that required an ambulance. …There were several incidents during the night. …The incidence of violence crime in the area has decreased. Incidences is rarely used. It would have to mean the “rates” of something …

A Little Grammar, Part 2

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Yesterday we determined that the verb form in a dependent clause is determined by the word the clause modifies, which sets us up for a bit of a dilemma in this sentence: …John is one of the men who IS/ARE attending the convention. To determine whether it is is or are in “who is/are attending the convention,” we have to look at what …

The “d” on “Used To”

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This question came up on FB. When the letter t and the letter d are inside a word, they sound the same: ladder/latter, shudder/shutter, conceited/conceded. When the d ends one word and t starts the next word, they elide into one sound: …talked to her… …listened to the recording… In the combination with “used to” and “supposed to,” this causes a …

“Who” versus “Whom”

Margie Wakeman Wells Good Grammar 4 Comments

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. …