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Confusables: Sofa, couch, or settee?

What do you call this piece of furniture? The answer is a little complicated. Different people use different words for it…

Confusables 11: The Importance of Punctuation

Punctuation marks may be more important than you think…

Confusables 10: contractions

What is the difference between these sentences? …

“Maybe” versus “may be”

This is a source of confusion but it shouldn’t be, because the difference is clear-cut! As usual, I am not going to provide a grammatical analysis. Instead, we’re just going to look at some typical sentences together. Read the sentences… Continue reading →

Confusables 9: “because” vs “because of”

What is the difference between because and because of? To answer the question, we must talk a little about conjunctions and prepositions first. A conjunction /kənˈdʒʌŋkʃn/ is a word like ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’, ‘while’, ‘although’ that joins words, phrases, or… Continue reading →

Indoor or indoors?

The difference between indoor and indoors (or outdoor and outdoors) is very simple. Without getting into grammatical analysis, here are a few examples to help you get a better “feel” for the words: How to use indoor/outdoor: I catch a… Continue reading →

Hope or wish: the ultimate usage-based guide

Learners of English quite often get confused between the words “hope” and “wish”. Here is a usage-based guide with lots of examples to help you learn how to use them correctly and naturally. But before we start, a word of… Continue reading →

Confusables 7: Postpositive Adjectives

Postpositive or postnominal adjectives come immediately after nouns. You will not see much of such adjectives in English as they are used only in some fixed expressions. I will give a few examples and wait for you to add more… Continue reading →

“Every day” or “everyday”?

So which one is correct: every day (two words) or everyday (one word)? The answer is that they can both be correct. It depends on the context…

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