Category: Grammar Guy

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Column: Grammar double feature

Question: “Dear Mr. Fischer, I have a friend that uses the words ‘so’ and ‘for’ interchangeably. For example, instead of saying, ‘Let’s put our shoes on, so we can go outside,’ she will say,...

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Column: On the family name

Question: “I recently read a post on Facebook that pointed out the incorrect use of the apostrophe to pluralize a last name. Having married in to my last name, I have used the apostrophe...

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Column: ‘Presume’ vs. ‘assume’

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I’ve got a question for you. I’ve always thought that ‘assume’ and ‘presume’ could be used interchangeably, but recently a friend told me that isn’t true. What’s the deal? When...

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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...