affect: to influence, to touch the emotions of. effect: to accomplish, result of an action
awhile, a while
awhile is an adverb, while is a noun, conjunction, or verb. Right: We rested awhile Right: It was a long while before we could finish the exam.
bad is an adjective; badly is an adverb. Right: he taught his students badly. Wrong: she feels badly.
due to, because
due to is a prep only
use first, second, third. not firstly, secondly, thirdly
farther is for measurable distance, further is in depth or in addition to
fewer is for countable objects, less is for abstract quantities.
good is an adjective, cannot be used as an adverb. Wrong: She plays good.
like is a prep only
loan is a noun, lend is a verb
lie is to rest in a horizontal position, lay is to set down
do not replace have with of. He COULD HAVE.
principal meaning chief, principle meaning a fundamental truth
real is an adjective. Wrong: He plays violin real good. REALLY GOOD.
than is for comparisons
which is for NECs such as: The Prada shoes I bought her last week, which were very expensive, turned out to be counterfits.
The reason is because, the reason is that
use the reason is that
try and, try to
try and = WRONG
If I were you...
where is describing place only, not time in, or in which, or that when: is time only, not for giving a def.
which, that, who
which is for things, who is for people, that is just... lame.