Category: Grammar Guy

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

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...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: How shall we slay thee?

“Why does the media keep using the word ‘slain?’ Why are they sensationalizing this story? It was just an accident!” Admittedly these questions weren’t really posed to me, but I’ve decided to co-opt them...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Grammar mix-up in the key of ‘D’

Do you know the difference between “discreet” and “discrete?” What about “defuse” and “diffuse?” “Dual” and “duel?” Hopefully after today, the answer to all three questions will be a resounding, “Yes!” Let’s start with...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: ‘Fun’ and grammar

Question: “Dear Grammer Guy, thanks for the ‘opportunity’ to read your comments on appropriate word usage. I’d like to know how ‘fun’ came to be used as an adjective. I always thought ‘fun’ was a...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Compare to or with?

Question: “I remember the imply/infer difference from an episode of “All in the Family.” Gloria is feeling intellectually inadequate relative to her over-educated husband, Meathead. She misuses one of the words (I don’t remember...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Regime and regimen

Question: “I wonder if you have done a commentary on the use of regime and regimen. I often hear or read discussions of ‘performing a training (or workout) regime.’ I always thought a regime was...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Imply vs. infer

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, I hear people on a regular basis mixing up ‘imply’ and ‘infer.’ It drives me crazy! Could you please write a column explaining the difference? Maybe I can pin it...

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...