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verb meaning "to receive"
preposition meaning "other than" or "leaving out"
a noun and meaning "an opinion"
a verb meaning "to express an opinion to"
normally a verb meaning "to influence"
usually a noun and means "result"
a verb meaning "to divide in parts" or "to give out shares"
an informal phrase meaning "a great many" that should NOT be used in formal writing
"A lot" is not spelled this way.
is an adverb and means "by or before this time" or even now"
means "all at once"
is a reference to something well-known
is a false idea or appearance (deceptive)
is used with 3 or more items
is generally used with only 2 items
is used with quantities that cannot be counted
use when items can be counted
means "any person" and is singular ....do not use with "they." It is incorrect to write "If ANYONE wants THEIR cash, come now." You should write "If ANYONE wants HIS or HER cash, come now."
means "every person" as is singular.......do not use with "they"
means "any single person or thing"
means "every single person or thing"
Anyway, anywhere, everywhere, nowhere, somewhere
adverbs that should never end in s
should not be used to mean "because" or "since"...never say "As I was late, I had to get a tardy."
should not be used to end a sentence (never say "where the boys are at")
is an adverb meaning "for a while"
is an article and a noun usually used after the preposition "for or in"
eliminate this word if it follows the words "the reason" or rephrase the sentence...do not write "The reason I said that was because...."
is the present, past and past participle of the verb to burst
Bust and Busted
nonstandard English... do not use them
use to mean "to have the ability to"...do not say "Can I go to the bathroom?"
use to mean "to have permission to"...you would say "May I go to the restroom?" to ask permission
means "to express disapproval of"
means "to pardon" or "excuse"
DO use this phrase
DO NOT use this phrase
people are "......." not done
use dived instead of "......." for the past tense of the verb dive
Due to the fact that
use "since" or "because" instead
is used when only two people or things are involved
is used when more than two are involved
means "to leave a country" and is usually followed by the preposition "from"
means "to enter a country" and usually is followed by the preposition "to"
is a reference to distance
means "to a greater degree"
is used with things that are counted
is used with qualities or quantities that are counted
refers to the first item...remember the word "first"
refers to the second item...remember the word "last"
are never words...the proper pronouns are himself and themselves
use the express "If...had" instead...Do NOT say "If he would have told the truth, I'd be his friend." DO say "If he had told the truth, I'd be his friend."
means to give clues "...." is what the speaker does
means to understand clues "..." is what the listener does
never use this word
use instead of irregardless
used to show possession
means it is
Kind of, sort of
these words should never be used to mean "rather", "somewhat" or "quite"
means "to set or put something down" and is usually followed by a direct object
means "to recline" and is never followed by a direct object
is usually an adjective meaning "not tight"
is always a verb meaning "to miss from one's possession"
means "insane"...never use it to mean "angry"
never follows the helping verbs should, would, could, or must...use "have" instead
means "to subject to ill treatment"
means "to bring a lawsuit against"
Plurals that do not end in "s"
criteria, phenomena, moose, salmon, deer, alumni, thesauri...
means "to go before"
means "to go forward"
can be a noun or an adjective
as a noun, it means "a person who has controlling authority"...as an adjective, it means "most important"
is always a noun and it means "a basic law"
is a verb
is an adverb
is an adjective
usually following by a direct object and means "to put something in a specific place"
means "to be seated" and is never followed by a direct object
never use words such as I, b/c, u, ok, k, jk in your writing
refers to people and things ("They were the girls _______ stole my purse.")
refers only to things ("I cannot decide the food _________ I want to eat.")
refers only to people
is a possessive pronoun ("It's _____________ world, not ours")
is an adverb ("I need you to go over ______________")
is a contraction ("I lost Bob and Sheila. I don't know where _______________ going now")
is an adverb used to modify adjectives and adverbs ("It is ____________ cold in here" and "I really wanted to go __________, but they left without me")
is a number
means "one of a kind"; therefore, never modify it with words such as "very" or "most"
If & Wish
Regardless of the noun or pronoun being referred to, these words are always combined with the verb "were", never "was" (NEVER say "If only she was home..." or "I wish I was somewhere else")
is used for subjects and predicate nominative...remember HE/WHO
is used for direct objects, indirect objects, and objects of the preposition...remember HIM/WHOM
is used to show possession
means "who is"
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