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The S-Series

I haven’t done a series in a while, so I’m looking forward this new one about those words that exist both with an s at the end and without. Well, that’s not the best description, since that includes most nouns and verbs. I’m talking about the ones that people claim aren’t words if they have […]

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Debunked Myths

Below, you’ll find a list of all the various grammar myths that have been discussed here on Motivated Grammar, with links to the discussions. — a lot vs. alot [10/24/07] a while vs. awhile [01/14/08] aggravate vs. irritate [06/23/11] all of a sudden vs. all of the sudden [07/20/11] all right vs. alright [10/26/07] among […]

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National Grammar Day 2012: Ten More Grammar Myths, Debunked

It’s National Grammar Day, so as usual, I’m taking the opportunity to look back on some of the grammar myths that have been debunked here over the last year. But before I get to that, let’s talk briefly about language change. Language changes. There’s no question about that — just look at anything Chaucer wrote […]

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Your errors are offensive, mine are unavoidable

If you find yourself making grammatical errors while excoriating someone for their errors, maybe that’s a sign that your rage is misguided.

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