Author: Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.

Grammar Girl here. Today’s topic is whether it’s OK to start a sentence with the word hopefully. Paul from Long Island, NY, called the voice-mail line with this comment: I was wondering if maybe you could do a podcast devoted to the misuse of the word hopefully. It’s an adverb, but nobody uses it that way. I drive a lot of people crazy with that one; it’s a big pet peeve of mine. Maybe you could drive more people crazy with it than I do. I’m probably going to make everyone crazy with this topic, because I think it should…

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Today’s topic is who versus that. Lesley called in with this question: My pet peeve is who versus that, as in “You know Bob, he’s the guy that sold me my car.” It drives me nuts. Or am I mistaken and it’s just become part of the new English verbiage in the evolution of the language? I kind of talked about this question in episode 7, but other people have also asked the same thing recently, including Corinne, so I thought it would be worth going into a little further. The quick and dirty answer is that you use who…

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