What is the difference between fast and quickly? Is quickly an adverb?  An adjective? Fast and quickly are often used interchangeably. Is there any difference between them?  Fast is an adjective and refers to speed. Quickly is an adverb that refers to time. For example: That horse is very fast. The truck quickly pulled out of the lot. However, Americans often...
When you see two spiky succulents, are they “cacti” or “cactuses”? Let’s look into it!  Cactuses or Cacti? In Latin, cacti is the correct plural form of cactus. And this is also popular for English speakers. However, cactuses is actually the correct English plural. Many dictionaries will list both as correct forms.  Latin So, both cactuses and cacti are correct! Why? Well,...
Two simple rules govern how to use indefinite articles for most words.  Use “a” before words that start with a consonant: a bag, a cup, a frog. Use “an” before words that start with a vowel: an orange, an eel, an igloo. However, there is one area where those rules...
Are Degrees Capitalized? You may have encountered a moment where you need to cite someone's academic accomplishments in your writing. However, you are unsure if you need to capitalize their degree(s).  As with most things in English, capitalization rules can be pretty vague and usually are up to the readers/writers' interpretation....
To is a common word known as a preposition, with many meanings such as “towards” or “until.” On the other hand, Too is another common adverb that usually means “also” or “excessively.” Commonly mistaken, Two is a homophone with a vastly different meaning than to or two, so...
Important Things To Know  Both words are acceptable as past tense meanings of the word “dream.” Dreamed can be used with regular verbs that end with “-ed.” On the other hand, dreamt is irregular and can follow verbs of that type.  For instance, take someone telling their dreams as an example....
There’s is a contraction of there is. It is correct to write, “There’s a hole in my bucket.” It is not correct to write, “There’s three holes in my bucket.” There’s only refers to one item. If you wanted to correct that sentence, you would write, “There are three...
Do you know when to hyphenate the words “year old”? If you are using “year old” as an adjective, then you need to put a hyphen between the words. For example, you would write “the two-year-old child.” “Two-year-old” is an adjective that describes the child.  Hyphenating Year Old You put a...
When you use a hyphen to connect two words and use those words as an adjective, it is called a compound modifier.  For example: Incorrect: The sweet smelling cake made my stomach growl. This sentence is rather confusing. Is the sweet actually smelling the cake? There needs to be a hyphen should...
Is it others, others' or others'? These are three words are obviously all versions of the word other and are often confused. Let's shed a little light, shall we? The possessive singular form of the word other is other’s. The plural form of the word other is others. The possessive...