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Category: Grammar Guy

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Column: Compose vs. comprise

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, I debate with myself constantly about whether or not I am using ‘compose’ and ‘comprise’ correctly. Are they synonyms that can be used interchangeably, or should I only be using...

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Column: Which possessive to use?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I’m having a writing quandary. This sentence makes sense: “Jordan Fischer, whose column is called Grammar Guy…” But what about when the subject is no longer a person? I find...

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Column: Missed the mark on ‘so?’

Question: “Jordan, I faithfully read and enjoy your Current column, but I think you missed the mark on Marlena’s question (November 18, 2014) about the irritating use of ‘so.’ I think you didn’t answer...

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Column: On the evolution of language

Question: “Jordan, I was tempted to write you after your comments on ‘may’ vs. ‘can’. I didn’t, but your comments on ‘snuck’ and ‘sneaked’ have tipped me over the edge. I know English is...

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Column: Sneaking into the language

Question: “I was corrected the other day at the office when I used the word ‘snuck.’ My co-worker insists that the correct past tense of ‘sneak’ is ‘sneaked’ – but that sounds so weird...

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Column: Is it can or may?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, my friend has an obnoxious habit of ‘correcting’ me (and everyone else) anytime I use ‘can’ when he thinks I should use ‘may.’ I’d love a column about this to...

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Column: An argument with impact

I will admit, I was not aware of the furor surrounding the word “impact” until I sat down to look for column ideas this week – but boy oh boy, are people passionate about...

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Column: Sailing to the Grammar Isles

Question: “I have a Facebook friend who constantly mixes up ‘aisle’ and ‘isle’ in his posts. Can you write a column I could (subtly) link to him?” Answer: The grammar confusion I can address...

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Column: Who owns the market, after all?

Question: “Greetings! I always enjoy your column and now I have my own grammar question for you. The Carmel Farmers’ Market staff has been having a lively discussion about the correct punctuation for the...