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Winter Break 2014

Happy Holidays, grammar mavens and aficionados. As is usual at this time of year, fandom_grammar will be closing shop for the holidays. We'll be back in the new year to continue answering your grammar questions.

Also, if you have an over-abundance of grammar and writing knowledge, we'll be looking to add to our writing staff in 2015. Keep an eye out for when applications are open in January/February.

In the meantime, if you have a grammar question, please go to the Ask a Question post. Even though we're taking a break, we're still taking your questions.

May the Grammar be with you!

Friday Funnies: Comma Types


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Here at fandom_grammar, we've covered commas several times in the past, so I won't necessarily rehash that information here.

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a stickler for the Oxford comma. But when I first saw this graphic, I nearly died from laughing so hard. I could picture the pauses with each comma. Of course, it didn't help -- or is that hurt? -- that I could also hear Walken's and Shatner's voices in my head as I was reading their panels.

I suppose this graphic, while hilarious, just illustrates the point of choosing your comma style and being consistent in its usage.
This week, we’re going to answer the following question: “What are the differences in usage between "bring" and "take"? Are there regional and/or national differences?”. Tricky, isn’t it? Well, not anymore, since we’re about to solve the mystery surrounding “bring” and “take”, with help from the characters of "How I Met Your Mother"!

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Getting words wrong is like a rite of passage when you're first learning to speak a language, regardless of whether you're a child with your mother tongue or an adult learning a second language. You learn from your mistakes and grow more proficient in the language. In "25 Common Words That You've Got Wrong", Joseph Hindy discusses twenty-five commonly used words that he claims aren't being used correctly. Or maybe it's better to say that they're not being used to their original meanings, as he describes the popular meaning of some words as an error next to the "correct" original, and sometimes archaic, meaning for each word. Hindy explains how he believes the errors may have come about, as well as how to fix them, in a conversational, non-accusatory tone. That he also attempts to connect with his readers by admitting to misusing some of these words only makes the article more relatable.

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Friday Funnies: Clever Comma Usage

Grammar is essential for clear communication. But did you know that grammar can also help you with tricky social situations? Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal shows you how!



I really should use this trick more often.
What is the difference between tear, tier, and tare?

With examples from Harry Potter

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Feature: Proofreader's Marks

Before Track Changes or other electronic methods for indicating problems in an article or story came to be, there were proofreader's marks.

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I don't normally like the “x-number-of-things-that-you're-doing-wrong” articles that make up the side links of many a gossip site, but there's a certain charm in Ben Yagoda's 2013 “7 Grammar Rules You Should Really Pay Attention To.” In this article (which he wrote for TheWeek.Com), Yagoda uses a gentle but firm—not to mention cheeky—voice to address seven big grammar goofs that he often sees in professional writing. And we're not talking creative writing, either; we're talking employment applications, business letters, and opinion pieces meant to make an argument. In other words, places in which grammar faux pas such as lying books on a table or spinning through the air, Tommy swung the bat and hit the ball out of the park are a big No-No.

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Today, with a little help from our Sentinel friends, we're looking at two food-oriented sayings. Read more...Collapse )

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