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A pragmatist's guide to American English usage, from the foundress of the If-It-Sounds-Good-Do-It School of Applied Grammar.

 

"one person's correctness" explains why none of this is easy
"that" and "which" explains the which-hunting habits of some editors
the singular "they" explores the use of "they" with a singular antecedent
the generic "he" suggests reasons why you might not want to use this and offers alternatives
"i.e." and "e.g."  gives you a sure way to avoid problems with those pesky little Latin critters
"you put the quotation mark where?" explores some quirky American habits with regard to quotation marks
"than who?" discloses the mysteries behind the "than I"/"than me" controversy
"the Oxford/Harvard/Donovan comma" discusses the company I keep, comma-wise
"metaphors--mangled or morphing" explains why editors sometimes have to take two aspirin and have a quick lie-down
"the ignorables" lists some excess baggage you can shed if you want to travel lighter
 

If you have a favorite topic that you think I might have an opinion on and you'd be interested in hearing what that opinion is, send me mail. Be aware, however, that I probably don't share your pet peeve. 

 

 

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