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Cutting through the grammar bull to help folks make the best choices in usage, sentence structure, punctuation & more.

Grammar Underground with June Casagrande Unknown

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Cutting through the grammar bull to help folks make the best choices in usage, sentence structure, punctuation & more.

    'I feel bad' or 'I feel badly'?

    'I feel bad' or 'I feel badly'?

    If you apply what you learned in school about adverbs, you might conclude "I feel badly" is more proper than "I feel bad." But you'd be wrong. "Feel" is special type of verb called a copular or linking verb that takes an adjective as its complement. Here's the full story.

    Why Some People How You Use 'Hopefully' and 'Importantly'

    Why Some People How You Use 'Hopefully' and 'Importantly'

      Some people will tell you it's wrong to use "hopefully" to mean "I hope" and that it's wrong to use "more importantly" to underscore a point. They're wrong. Here's why.

    Can 'like' mean 'as'? Can it mean 'such as'?

    Can 'like' mean 'as'? Can it mean 'such as'?

      There's a popular view that like can't mean such as, as in, "Enjoy activities like hiking and biking." Another popular view is that like can introduce a whole clause the way as can, as in, "Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should." Both these views are wrong. Here's why.

    Over and Under

    Over and Under

      There's a common belief that you can't use "over" to mean "more than," as in, "We saw over 20 species of birds on our trip." Good news. It's not true. Here's what you should know about "over" and "under" in the senses of "more than" and "less than."

    Errant Apostrophes in Plurals

    Errant Apostrophes in Plurals

      Two taco's for $1! We enjoyed meeting the Miceli's! Try the pancake's! Apostrophes used wrongly to form plurals are everywhere. Here's how to avoid this mistake.

    James' job or James's job?

    James' job or James's job?

      The boss's hat or the boss' hat? James' job or James's job? Making possessives out of words that end in s is tricky and complicated by the fact that major editing styles disagree on the rules. Here's what you need to know.

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