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Commonly confused words: aisle/isle

It's amazing how many homonyms (aka homophones) there are in English - and probably other languages too, but English is the one that concerns us. Let's see if our friends from The Sentinel can give us a little help to distinguish between aisle and isle. Read more...Collapse )
It's Friday, and that means it's time for another exciting "Say What?"! In today's installment, we're going to learn about two sayings whose current meanings probably originated in the U.S.—with examples from Person of Interest.Collapse )

ANSWER: Is adjective order important?

Hello again, fellow grammarians! Today we're going to tackle the question "Is adjective order important?" with the generous help of our friends over at Once Upon a Time.

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Happy Friday, Fandom Grammar watchers!  It sure has been an exciting past few weeks, what with the release of the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer.  Although it provided some juicy details for us fans to salivate over in the coming months, it did little to sate our hunger for Hunger Games goodness.

Speaking of which, this week’s food-oriented idioms inspire hunger of a different sort: “half a loaf is better than no bread” and “the bread always falls butter side down.” Let’s satisfy our hunger for knowledge below the cut:

First up is "half a loaf is better than no bread":Collapse )

Answer: "like" versus "as"

Good afternoon, fellow grammarians! Today we're going to answer the question, When do you use "like" versus "as"?, with a little help from our friends over at Once Upon a Time.

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Welcome to your Friday, grammar fans, and to another edition of Say What?!  The sayings we’re going to be looking at today are all about the work we do and the quality of that work.  Our friends from the Magnificent Seven will help us take a look at if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well and if you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

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Sometimes languages just don't make sense, do they? Why, for instance, is "backyard" sometimes correct in English, but not always? And why is "frontyard" never correct? Let's take a look at these and similar constructions and see what conclusions we draw.

With the help of the cast of the children"s fantasy classics Half Magic and Magic by the Lake, both by Edward Eager …Collapse )
Today’s Say What looks at two sayings with a musical bent, with a little help from characters from The Sentinel.

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Answer: What are "false friends"?

Hello there, fellow grammarians! Today we're going to answer the question, What are "false friends"?, with a little help from our friends over at Captain America: The First Avenger.

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