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An anonymous reader had a question for us about the use of the term "the living" and whether it takes a singular or plural form of the verb. Let's take a look!

Featuring the cast of the Harry Potter series …Collapse )
In this week's Say What? we'll be looking at two sayings that are clothing related, though only one of them is directly related to what we wear. I'll be using characters from Person of Interest for my examples.

What do your clothes make of you?Collapse )

Friday Funnies: Third Way

While I can't say that I've encountered such inflammatory disagreements here at fandom_grammar, we grammarians certainly have our disagreements, don't we?


Third Way

[rollover text:] 'The monospaced-typewriter-font story is a COMPLETE FABRICATION! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE'
'It doesn't matter! Studies support single spaces!'
'Those results weren't statistically significant!'
'Fine, you win. I'm using double spaces right now!'
'Are not! We can all hear your stupid whitespace.'
Hello again, fellow grammarians! Today we're going to answer the question, When do you use "everyday" versus "every day"?, with a little help from our friends over at Once Upon a Time.

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The law and legal matters loom large in the minds of many. Today we'll take a closer look at a pair of expressions that have their genesis in the courtroom.

Featuring the cast of the manga 'What Did You Eat Yesterday?' by Fumi Yoshinaga…Collapse )

Answer: punctuating bulleted lists

Our question for today is how to punctuate a bulleted list when a statement comes right before the list. I will add numbered lists, as well.

There are actually two parts to this answer: the statement that comes before the list and the list itself. Both have a variety of options, and it seems no two resources agree. Here is a grammarian's advice with some examples from Teen Wolf.Collapse )
Welcome back to "Say What?" Today we're tackling the sayings a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and a house divided against itself cannot stand, both of which deal with the strength (or lack thereof) in a given item.

Let's find out more, with a little help from the characters of Pacific Rim.Collapse )
When I was at school, we were given a simple rule - use 'who' (or whom) for people, 'that' for animals, and 'which' or 'that' for places or things. Simple. Straightforward. A rule I still use. But do our Sentinel friends use it?Read more...Collapse )
In this week's "Say What?" we'll be looking at two sayings that talk about how we're often willing to go places we wouldn't usually go when faced with difficult circumstances. We'll be helped out as we look at this with examples from NCIS.

That strange bedfellow is back in port againCollapse )

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