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Grammar-ease: Using ‘than’ and ‘then’

I’ve done quite a few double-takes in reading the past few months over two words that sound similar, look similar, yet have quite different meanings: than and then. Than is used for comparisons; then is used for sequences in time. For example, which term is correct in each of the following? I have a lot

Grammar Tidbits: Those Words That Are Spelled the Same, Sound the Same…

As I’ve been writing lately, my fingers have been coming up with their own spellings of words that pass spellcheck but aren’t correct. And, voila, today’s post was born! What are the words called that are spelled the same but sound different? How about the words that sound the same but are spelled different? What

Grammar-Tidbits: Proved vs Proven

Today is for those times when you’re not quite sure if you want to use ‘proved’ or ‘proven.’ Both prove and proven are formed from the verb prove. Here are the usage variations: Present tense: prove Simple past tense: proved Past participle: proved Irregular past participle: proven Correct usage examples: He has proven his case. He proved his case. She proved he

Grammar Tidbits: Passed vs Past and Other Confusing Words

In my editing endeavors recently, I’ve encountered a lot of words that spellcheck doesn’t always catch and so it prompted me to share a few of them with you. Passed (verb) vs Past (preposition or adverb): The time has passed for you to submit the rebuttal. That event happened in the past. I passed by

Grammar Tidbits: Showing Possession with Words Ending in ‘S’

If a word already ends in an s, do you add another s to make it possessive? Or can you simply add an apostrophe? Let’s look into the case of plural possessives today. To start, know that you want to use an apostrophe to show that a thing or person belongs to or relates to someone or

Grammar Tidbits: ‘That’ vs ‘Which’

It’s a common trouble spot for a lot of people — creating a story or document and the words are flowing easily, but then the conundrum of ‘that’ or ‘which’ arises. Do you rewrite the sentence to avoid the confusion all together? Do you flip a coin to decide? Or maybe you just go with