Monthly Archives: August 2005

Notes from the teacher

I often hear from friends, colleagues and readers that notes teachers send home to parents contain grammatical and spelling errors… Read more »

Just between us

“Between you and I” is a grammatical error that occurs more often in speech than in writing. It is no… Read more »

Less money, fewer coins

To the purist, the distinction between “less” and “fewer” is clear and absolute: Use “fewer” for items that can be… Read more »

Brace for impact

Some copy editors and writers scorn the use of “impact” as a verb. The word sounds like jargon to them… Read more »

All’s well that ends well

Some spelling problems involve word endings. Is it “collectible” or “collectable“? Why is it “apologize” but “advertise“? And what about… Read more »

I before E except …

English spelling confounds many people, native and second-language speakers alike. We rely on computer spell-checkers to help us, but we… Read more »