Category: Grammar Guy

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...

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...