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So, When Do I Need a Comma Before “So”?

“So” is commonly used as an adverb, conjunction, interjection, and even a pronoun. A comma is required before “so” only when it functions as a coordinating conjunction. Coordinating conjunctions join two independent clauses to create a compound sentence.   Do I Need a Comma Before “So?”… continue reading

What Does “First Come, First Serve” Mean?

  “First come, first serve” means that whoever arrives earliest, regardless of station, will receive a specific service, such as purchasing goods or benefits. This expression implies a limited quantity of goods available, so some may miss out if they do not arrive early enough.… continue reading

Someday or Some Day. Which One Should You Use?

The English language is full of pitfalls. Compound words can be especially tricky, as they act as a singular word yet have the characteristics of two separate words. For instance, “some day” and “someday” are often used interchangeably, even though they have different meanings, and belong… continue reading

What Does “as Thick as Thieves” Mean?

You’ve likely heard people described “as thick as thieves.” It’s an idiom (a phrase with a meaning the words don’t tell you). While this isn’t necessarily a negative saying, it can bring some negative meanings, so it is important to know when it truly applies… continue reading

Cavalry vs Calvary: Which is the Correct Term?

Let’s have a look at a confusing pair of words: cavalry vs. calvary. First the quick answer: Cavalry refers to horseback mounted troops Calvary describes the place surrounding Jerusalem where Jesus Christ was famously crucified Now let’s look under the hood. You may have seen… continue reading

Drier vs Dryer: What’s the Difference?

As with most words pronounced the same, “drier” and “dryer” are two homophones that cause much confusion for English writers. A “homophone” is a term that refers to words that have the same pronunciation yet different spellings. These words are especially tricky to use in English writing,… continue reading