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Top Grammar Articles of 2010

See what people really wanted to know about grammar during 2010.

By
Mignon Fogarty

What Did People Want to Know in 2010?

As 2010 comes to an end, it seems like a good time to review the most frequently asked questions of the year.

  1. "Affect" versus "effect": The quick and dirty tip is that most of the time you use "affect" as a verb and "effect" as a noun. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. Get the full explanation.

  2. "Which" versus "that": The quick and dirty tip is to use "that" before a restrictive clause and "which" before everything else. Get the full explanation.

  3. "Who" versus "whom": Here's the quick and dirty tip: When you're trying to decide whether to use "who" or "whom," ask yourself if the hypothetical answer to the question would be "he" or "him." If you can answer the question being asked with "him," use "whom"--it's easy to remember because they both end with "m." Get the full explanation.

  4. Periods and Quotation Marks: In the United States, we put periods and commas inside closing quotation marks. See other differences between British and American English.

 

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer's Digest's 101 best websites for writers multiple times. The Grammar Girl podcast has also won Best Education Podcast multiple times in the Podcast Awards, and Mignon is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame. Mignon is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing" and six other books on writing. She has appeared as a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and the "Today Show" and has been featured in the New York Times, Business Week, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, and more. She was previously the chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, NV. She hates the phrase "grammar nazi" and loves the word "kerfuffle." She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. 

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