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FEWER and LESS
FEWER and LESS are confusing words and misuse of the terms will set off alarms in the heads of many language enthusiasts.  "...
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A FAR CRY
A FAR CRY (FROM) means very different from what is expected; not even close; nowhere near the truth of the matter.   "What you did was ...
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Should we write "Please send me your comments" or "Please, send me your comments"?
Should we write "Please send me your comments" or "Please, send me your comments"? For many users the version without a ...
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ONE OF THESE/ THOSE  DAYS
ONE OF THESE DAYS means possibly sometime in the future; sooner or later; one day; some day. It is used to express a belief that som...
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MAY NOT
MAY NOT, in its deontic sense, is the formal way not to permit something, often one's authoritative denying of permission. It generally ...
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A BINOMIAL or BINOMIAL PAIR
A BINOMIAL or BINOMIAL PAIR is an expression containing two words which are joined by a conjunction. The word order is usually fixed...
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PLEASE is a magic word because it turns an order into a request.
PLEASE is a magic word because it turns an order into a request. Saying please is sure to please just about everyone, although different thi...
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FORESTS and WOODS
FORESTS and WOODS have no clear delineation in scientific terms, although they are widely considered to be different.  "Woods are proba...
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TALK SHOP means to talk about your job when not at work. "Mary and Jane stood by the punch bowl, talking shop." Using this idiom o...
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LATELY and RECENTLY are often confused
LATELY and RECENTLY are often confused as both adverbs have evolved to mean something in-between "within the recent past" and &quo...
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EXPRESSING PREFERENCE, part 1 Prefer
Whether it be chocolate ice cream over other flavors, or getting going first thing in the morning as opposed to lounging in your PJs, it'...
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HURRY UP AND WAIT
HURRY UP AND WAIT means take some action quickly, only to be halted at the next step in the process. Have you ever been asked to dro...
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