Positive, Comparative, Superlative

rogersgeorge on April 20th, 2017

The rule is that when you compare two things, you use the comparative form (see the Andertoons comic below), and when you select from three or more, it’s called the superlative form.

The kid in the comic has a point. When the word you want has three or more syllables, use more and most with the word.

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The Importance of Context

rogersgeorge on April 18th, 2017

I illustrate with two jokes, but here’s the lesson: Be sure your readers know where you’re coming from. I remember a quip used in religious circles: A text out of context is a pretext. But that’s not one of the two jokes. Joe: A WAVE is a person in the Women’s auxiliary of the navy, right? […]

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Since Today is Easter…

rogersgeorge on April 16th, 2017

…Be sure to get this right: The hill is Cal-vary, not Cav-alry! It’s easy to get these mixed up, just like the other examples in this Fox Trot comic:

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With that title to this post, and this Baby Blues comic, I hardly need to say more… …but I will: If you write instructions, always test them.

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Beware of Long Sentences

rogersgeorge on April 12th, 2017

I’m pretty sure the writer of this sentence is a native speaker of English, but he got a word in this sentence wrong. During the 1950s, one detonation in Kazakhstan resulted in four times the number of cases of acute radiation sickness than those from the Chernobyl disaster. Can you see the mistake? Yes, the […]

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