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When should I use "Its" and when should I use
"Its" is the possessive form of the pronoun it and is never written
with an apostrophe. Some examples would be "Its strings are
special..." in reference to a guitar, or "What is its value?"
It's is a
contractions of "it is" or "it has". Examples are
"It's time to go." "It's been great."
Which is the preferred usage, “payer” or “payor”?
KGSupport says: It is
always handy to have a dictionary available close by. There are also a good
number of free online dictionaries. “Payer” and “Payor” are equal variants in Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate.
What is the difference between "due to" and
"Due to" modifies nouns. It is generally used after some form of the
verb "to be" (e.g. is, are, was, were, etc.). An example is
"John's success is due to his talent and creativity." ("due
to" modifies "success")
On the other hand,
"because of" modifies verbs. An example is "Jeff resigned
because of poor health." ("because of" modifies
If a compound subject joined by
“or” or “nor” is comprised of a singular and a plural subject, what is the tense
of the verb that I should use?
A: The verb agrees in number with
the nearer member of the compound subject.
Ex. Either the teacher or her
students were assigned to decorate the room.
Either the students or the
teacher was assigned to decorate the room.
What is the difference between
“alright” and “all right”? Which is more correct to
A: “Alright” is a nonstandard
spelling and is considered informal. Always use the two-word form, i.e., “all
right” especially in formal writing and usage.
Ex. Informal: It is just alright
Formal: It is just all right
Sometimes, two or more
adjectives are used together to describe one noun. Should a comma be inserted
between the adjectives?
A: It depends if the adjectives are
coordinate or cumulative. Coordinate adjectives are equal in rank and are
separated by commas. Cumulative adjectives do not require a comma between them.
One test to distinguish between the two types is the insertion of “and” between
the adjectives. If you cannot place “and” between them without changing the
meaning of the sentence, they are cumulative adjectives and hence do not require
a comma. If “and” can be inserted, they are coordinate adjectives and hence
require a comma between them.
Ex. a lovely, young woman (can be “a
lovely and young woman”)
a cold, gloomy afternoon (can
be “a cold and gloomy afternoon”)
three black cats (cannot
be “three and black cats”)
several successful plans
(cannot be “several and successful plans”)
Can “continual” and “continuous”
be used interchangeably?
A: No. Continual means recurring
regularly or frequently, while continuous means occurring without
Ex. Their continual snack breaks
caused their dismissal.
Her continuous absence in the
office led to her termination.
What is the difference between
“good” and “well”?
A: Do not confuse the two. Good is
an adjective. Well is an adverb.
Ex. She writes well. (condition
describing how she writes)
She is a good writer. (quality
describing her as a writer)
In compound subjects where one
is positive and the other is negative, with which does the verb
A: The verb agrees with the positive
Ex. You, not I, are to
I, not you, am to
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