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Dave’s WW of EU: Clauses

We are coming to the end of my grammar posts. I only have one more after this one, that I may or may not post because it’s, in a word, lame (Intensifiers). Then again, I know how much you are … Continue reading

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Daves’ WW of EU: Spelling Out Numbers

This is one of those areas where there is so much gray area that it is really almost pointless to try to define it. I’ve heard rules saying you should spell out all numbers under a hundred. I’ve also heard … Continue reading

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Dave’s WW of EU: Cardinal Numbers

Cardinal Numbers are your standard numbers such as one, two, three, and four. They are used to show quantity, but not order. In other words, cardinal numbers are not first, second, third, and so on (ordinal numbers). The way to … Continue reading

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Is it just me?

Most of my friends and associates know that I’m a writer by trade and even moonlight as an editor every now and then. Because of that, I make a point to tell those who communicate with me by writing that … Continue reading

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Dave’s WW of EU: Flammable, inflammable, non-flammable

These terms are ones that are often confused simply because they do not mean what you think they should mean. Flammable means that something is capable of being ignited, easily burned. Inflammable means the same thing. Non-flammable means incapable of … Continue reading

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Dave’s WW of EU: Among vs Between

Among and Between are two commonly confused terms. Most people don’t make much distinction between the terms, but among grammarians, there is a very fine line. Among should be used when discussing three or more or a group generally understood … Continue reading

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Dave’s WW of EU: Accept vs Except

Accept is a verb that means “agree to, believe, or receive.” Except is a verb that means “to exclude, leave out.” Except can also be a preposition meaning “leaving out.” Examples: Accept—I accepted the award on behalf of the committee. … Continue reading

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