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A listener named Milton asked why Australians use the present perfect tense for the past tense. For example, he said Australians would say, “He has skulked,” instead of “He skulked.” That’s the present perfect tense: the verb “has” or “have”...
- September 30, 2019
Writing a research paper is a daunting task, and the stakes can be high if a big part of your semester grade is counting on this assignment. Writing a research paper, however, doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing endeavor. If you take the time to select the right topic, take sufficient notes...
- September 27, 2019
September 29 is National Coffee Day. So raise your mug and take a sip because today we’re looking at some of the weird words we use to talk about coffee. ‘Coffee’ Comes From the Turkish Word ‘Kahveh’ Let’s start with the word “coffee” itself. It...
- September 26, 2019
We’re now solidly into fall, and in the western United States, where I live, we’ve had horrible smoky summers for the last few years because of forest fires. But this year wasn’t so bad, and I’m feeling a little less worried now that the temperatures are getting colder. And...
- September 26, 2019
In this interview with Jonathan Small, long-time magazine writer and editor and the creator and host of the Write About Now podcast, we talked about how to conduct an interview, the secret structure that helps you write a great story (including a great lede), and digital and physical tools that...
- September 23, 2019
Keep Your Home Allergy-Free A good first step when battling allergy symptoms is to make sure you're living and working in a non-allergenic environment. There are many things that can aggravate your respiratory system, including cigarette smoke, dust, animal dander, grass cuttings, and smog....
- September 20, 2019
Have you ever sighed over the fact that there are two words in English pronounced “AYT” — yet one of them is spelled A-T-E, while the other is spelled E-I-G-H-T? Have you ever rolled your eyes because “though” and “through” are spelled almost exactly the...
- September 19, 2019
Mr. Mustin, an English teacher from South Carolina, asked why we describe something as a “watershed moment,” and I realized I didn’t know.  Great question! Here’s what I found: “Watershed” originated as a term that describes the landscape, but it has...
- September 17, 2019
Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why? Goldie Goldbloom: Awww, don’t make me choose between my babies! Writers shouldn’t play favourites with books or words because favourtism will rise up and bite you in the tender bits. But I’m fond of slang words from other...
- September 17, 2019
  Today, we’ll talk about irregular verbs. Why do we say we saw a movie instead of we seed a movie, and did you know that the past tense of the verb “help” used to be “holp” instead of “helped”? Regular Verbs Versus Irregular Verbs Most of the time...
- September 12, 2019
It is I, Grammar Girl, here to help you understand when to use the words “I” and “me.” A listener named Jodie wanted to know which is correct: "It is I" or "It is me." She says that when she answers the phone and the person asks, "Is Jodie there?...
- September 10, 2019
Aspirin Fungicide If your garden is infected with fungus, mix one piece of ground-up aspirin with a quart of water and use it to water your plants once a week. (Be careful, as too much aspirin can damage your plants.) Chamomile Fungicide To kill fungus on your plants, brew up an extra-strong cup...
- September 10, 2019
Have you ever wondered about the term “wheelhouse?” Our listener named Heidi did. She asked, “Have you guys noticed the term ‘wheelhouse’ being tossed around a lot lately? It seems to be the business meeting/pop culture buzzword du jour. I’m wondering if you...
- September 10, 2019
Does it make you cringe whenever someone says they tasked someone with something? Do you scratch your head when someone wants to know what the ask is or says that you need a solve for a problem? Do you run the other way when someone says they want to dialogue with you? If so, you’re probably...
- September 09, 2019
  I’ve had several questions recently about conditionals. Some of them are from listeners asking about kinds of conditionals called the “first, second, and third conditionals.” Meanwhile, a listener named Lorelai has a different question. She understands English conditionals...
- September 05, 2019

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