Category: Lifestyle

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Column: Object and subject pronouns

What is an object pronoun? What’s a subject pronoun? Why are they so confounding to people? I have no answer for the latter question, but for the first two I think I can help....

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Column: Active and passive voices

Question: “I hear a lot about the active and passive voices, and how the active is preferable. I seem to remember discussing them in school, but it’s been a while. Could you do a quick...

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Column: Grammar and the B-52s

Question: “Dear Jordan – Your commentary is always my favorite part of CURRENT IN WESTFIELD. When you get shifted to the Internet, I am always disappointed. Would you please cover this:  50s or 50′s? 60s...

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Column: Don’t mistake these words

The English language has a lot of words that look alike. Some of them are related, some have nearly identical meanings, and others just don’t mean the same thing at all. The latter tends...

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Column: Why ‘canceled’ has one ‘L?’

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I’ve noticed that words like ‘cancel’ and ‘travel’ only have one ‘L’ when the ‘-ed’ suffix is added to them, but other words like ‘stopped’ and ‘dropped’ double the final consonant...

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Column: Coconut’s super powers

Over the past few years, coconut has skyrocketed in popularity for human and, now, pet consumption. “Coconut is one of the few foods that can be classified as a ‘super food,’” Chanda D. Leary-Coutu,...

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Column: Valuable and invaluable

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, when is something valuable vs. invaluable? Are they interchangeable like flammable and inflammable? I’m hoping you can shed some light on the issue.” Answer: Great question, reader. Thanks for asking. I imagine...

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Column: Prescribe vs. proscribe

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I’ve seen several friends make Facebook posts within the past few months about ‘proscriptions’ or ‘proscription medications.’ It doesn’t have an alternate meaning that’s the same as ‘prescription,’ does it?” Answer: Thanks...

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Column: Data: Singular or plural?

Question: “Grammar Guy, I see the word ‘data’ used all the time as both a singular and plural noun. Can it be both, or is there a consistent rule for it?” Answer: I’ve been saving this...