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The subjunctive form often confuses many writers, leaving them thinking: is it if I was or were?  Why don't we take a closer look and clear up any confusion. General Rule: You should use were (in place of was) when the statement is contrary to fact. Statements that are contrary to fact often begin with...
Updated June 29, 2021 - Being a bachelor is not a requirement to receive a bachelor's degree, but one does need to show mastery in order to obtain a master's degree. In any case, you should be able to correctly spell the degree you have; spelling them as masters degree and bachelors degree is wrong....
When people come together in a group, they tend to develop new lexicons that is specific to that group and its context. Runners complain about "staying in Zone 2," Wizards and Witches gossip about "muggles"—and somewhere in corporate-land, a mid-level manager is fervently proclaiming that it's time for the...
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes.  It has also given rise to novelties in our everyday life, and has also brought some phrases and grammatical construction to the forefront. For example, do we have less cases than last month, or fewer cases? Do we say that the number of...
Compare to vs. compare with: are they the same?  Well, there is actually a slight yet very practical difference between 'compared with' and 'compared to.' While 'compared to' underscores a similarity between two things, 'compared with' does the opposite. It contrasts them. Now, mixing the two up is hardly a cardinal sin in...
We have all seen parents who allow their kids to run amok at the shopping mall. Or do these rowdy little rascals run amuck? You have surely seen both spellings and wondered: "is it amuck or amok?"  A Little History The phrase "to run amok" was first used in the English language in the 1670s. The...