Category: Grammar Guy

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Chance vs. opportunity

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, I would like to take this ‘chance’ to ask you about the use of ‘chance & opportunity’. I see this as a real ‘opportunity’ to clear up the proper time...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: On i.e. and e.g.

Question: “Dear Jordan, greetings. One of my many writing pet peeves is the incorrect usage of i.e. and e.g. which seems to be fairly common although I would have thought someone writing a column...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: That, which and who

Question: “Whatever happened to utilizing ‘who’ when referring to people and ‘that’ when referencing objects?  So often today, even journalists improperly use the word ‘that.’  Example:  ‘There are going to be people that (who)...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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....

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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?...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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....

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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?”...