Category Archives: Grammar

Camilla Parker Bowles Teaches Latin

Want to brush up on your Latin before your trip to Latin America? Funny question, right? No one uses Latin anymore! But interestingly, we still use Latin expressions. For example, the abbreviations e.g. (exempli gratia) and i.e. (id est) are… Continue reading

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Apostrophe Song

One of the most common grammatical errors is the apostrophe. Eileen Thorpe even wrote this song about it to help clarify when to use it. Apostrophe (Oh Christmas Tree)by Eileen ThorpeApostrophe, apostropheYou drive me oh so batty.Apostrophe, apostropheYour overuse is… Continue reading

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Misplaced Modifiers Cause Valentine Heartache

Because it’s the week of love–Valentine’s Day was Monday–let’s have some fun with these two words: only and love. Watch what happens to the meaning of a sentence when you move ONLY around.ONLY I love you! No one else loves… Continue reading

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Say What?: Verbs of Attribution

It’s always important to give proper credit by citing your sources. Generally, in academic writing you will be following the author and date format inside parentheses. Yet you may have already introduced the source, and want to refer to… Continue reading

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LAYING OUT OR LYING OUT?

Grab your sunscreen, your books, your blanket–and the correct lie/lay verb and catch some rays on the Hub Lawn.But what is correct? Should you say, “I’m going to lay out in the sun,” or “I’m laying out”?Or should you say,… Continue reading

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Are You a Fog Maker or a Clear Communicator?

Communication occurs only if the audience understands the message in the way you, as the writer intended–but how can you tell if your reader is likely to understand? Gobbledygook and bafflegab abound in technical writing. As scientists, it’s easy to… Continue reading

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