A client wrote recently asking me to explain the difference between lie and lay. The question brought back fond memories. Although those fearsome verbs used to come up often in classes, no one asks about lie and lay anymore. In fact, my client was asking months after the class...
Driving from Portland to Seattle today, I heard an on-air radio apology about--of all things--grammar. Steve Scher, host of KUOW's Weekday, had said something like this on air: "Call in with your questions for Carl or I." A listener then emailed Steve a strongly worded correction, letting him know it...
In a meeting yesterday, a potential new client said, "It drives me nuts when I see a sentence that ends with a preposition." It was another case of anxiety brought on by a misunderstood grammar rule, with the damage no doubt done by an excellent, well-meaning, beautiful elementary school...
Last night I flew home from teaching in South Carolina, and this morning I had an email from one of my new Carolina friends: "I just thought of a question about something we didn't cover: when to use who vs. whom. . . . Any quick tips?" The quick tip is...
While others comment about U.S. independence from British rule on this American holiday, I'm thinking about another rule: the rule of numbers in dates. These numbers are rendered correctly:     July 4 is a U.S. holiday.     The Fourth of July is a U.S. holiday.     The 4th of...