Prepositions are Tricky

rogersgeorge on July 26th, 2017

This probably seems a minor quibble, but the first panel in this comic has the wrong preposition. It should be “on” or “about.”

On the Fastrack - 07/25/2017

You pretty much need to be a native speaker of the language to get prepositions right all the time (and even then, you can find geographical differences, say, between the US and UK).

I don’t have a good solution, either. Maybe try googling phrases like “preposition for thesis topic.” Or ask a curmudgeon.

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Two Harrumpfs

rogersgeorge on July 24th, 2017

No comic today, but something to think about. My second gold rule of writing is to be correct. This from This Day in History for July 20: In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the […]

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ASL Question

rogersgeorge on July 22nd, 2017

Maybe I’m passing up a good opportunity here; after all, this comic is even about a point of grammar. But I’ve mentioned that solecism enough times that both of you dear readers should know how to get “your” and “you’re” correct by now, right? Here’s today’s Dustin: So here’s my question. Well, two: Putting your […]

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This is Why We Have Hyphenated Adjectives

rogersgeorge on July 20th, 2017

We call them compound adjectives. Sometimes when you have two (or more) adjectives before a noun they both refer to the noun. The big red boat, for example. But sometimes the first adjective refers to the second adjective, and together they modify the noun. Black-eyed Susan, for example. So here’s a comic to illustrate what […]

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Some Words go Two Ways

rogersgeorge on July 18th, 2017

Some common words are one word when they’re adjectives and two words when they are nouns. Lots of text in this comic, but look at the bottom full line in the second panel. “Everyday” as one word is an adjective! What she means is “every day.” Here are a couple more that come to mind: […]

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