December 21, 2008  •  shefali

Curriculum Vita or Curriculum Vitae

I was wondering if Curriculum Vita is indeed the usage for a single CV. Is Curriculum Vitae not used in both the plural and singular formats?

November 4, 2008  •  mary

Plural last name ending in “z”

How do you refer to two people with the last name Valdez. Is it “the Valdezes” or “Valdez’s” are coming for dinner?

October 22, 2008  •  jessicajames


How do pronouns function with a collective noun? Today I was in my College Prep class and we read a sentence that used the pronoun “they” after the word class. The sentence was “The teacher, who was angry, told the class to do whatever they wanted to.” Would ‘it’ be a better pronoun than that and if not, why?

October 14, 2008  •  magicrin

be of some help / be of any help

1. which one is correct? “i am glad to be of some help or i am glad to be of any help?” 2. what`s different between them?

September 24, 2008  •  phyllis

“dis” vs “un”

Ok I am always coming up against the following with non-native speakers: disinterest vs uninterested dissatisfied vs unsatisfied disorganised vs unorganised Any simple rule of thumb or guideline?

September 16, 2008  •  chris

Aritcle or no article - that is the question.

“In this letter, we describe a practical method for sense tagging of Korean unit words in nominal compounds.” In the above sentence, I’m curious if “sense tagging of” requires an article, as in “the sense tagging of”. Because of the “of” after “tagging” my instincts say yes, an article is necessary. But am I just adding unnecessary clutter into the sentence? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

September 2, 2008  •  davidh

Meet monday v Meet on Monday

Why do Americans not use a preposition when talking about days of the week? “We’ll meet Monday” has an “on” “before” “after” or “during” missing. You can’t meet Monday unless it is a person or a thing; as it is a unit of time there should be a preposition; One doesn’t “meet 4 o’clock” but one may “meet at 4 o’clock” and so you do “not meet Monday” but “on Monday”.

August 21, 2008  •  nomad

Usage of ‘I have doubt that’

“Some people may have doubt that why invest in these sectors during the economy slump?” Is the above phrase grammatically correct? Is it grammatically correct to use ‘doubt that’ when the ‘doubt’ is a NOUN? For example: 1) VERB: I doubt that Fred has really lost 25 pounds ... 2) NOUN: Some people may have doubts that .....

August 15, 2008  •  josh

beginning a request with “may”

“May you please send me the...” Is this correct? It doesn’t sound right. I believe this person is using the same logic as asking permission to do something. Wouldn’t ” Will you please send me the...” or “Would you please...” be correct?

August 13, 2008  •  debra

Acronym-verb agreement

Does the acronym ITS (Information Technology Services) take a singular verb or plural i.e., ITS is thinking of redoing the website. ITS are thinking of redoing the website. Since the last word is plural, wouldn’t it make sense to make the verb plural, even though it doesn’t sound good?

August 12, 2008  •  parsifal

rogue apostrophe

Would you write ‘four day’s journey’ or ‘four days journey’? I am having a tussle with a sub. I know it’s ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ but surely the journey doesn’t belong to the four days, so it should be ‘four days journey’ - and presumably ‘a four-day journey’ would be even better? What do you think?

August 10, 2008  •  nikkivinnriquemullencruz

What’s wrong with this?

Is the following phrase using correct grammar, why or why not? And how would you describe this phrase? It’s just weird to me: “Hey, you’re that goofy kid Sandra makes do crazy stuff!!” Basically Sandra makes this kid do goofy stuff and someone has spotted him, did they use correct grammar? It just sounds weird to me, especially the “make do” part. Whether this is grammatically correct, what are the grammatical rules that would apply to a phrase like this? Thanks so much!

August 5, 2008  •  jentaylor

He be calling up all the time... and others

When I was in my linguistics class in college, my prof said using the verb be in this context was actually more grammatically correct than when we say “He calls me up all the time,” or “He’s always calling me,” etc. I can’t find my notes or any other info...can someone give an explanation? Thank you!

May 29, 2008  •  ajay

Space After Period

How much space should be given after a period in Word documents and in PDF’s?

April 24, 2008  •  uip

Believe as a noun

It seems like I’m seeing, more and more, “believe” and similar words being used as nouns. At first I thought that it was an ESL issue; perhaps in other languages, the same word is used for both “believe” and “belief”. But that explanation is looking less and less plausible. Is it just me, or are other people baffled by this? I don’t understand how any native speaker can confuse the two words. Perhaps there are accents in which they are pronounced the same?

January 15, 2008  •  monkey

Shall have done?

Do we use “shall have done” followed by second and third persons? I understand that if ‘shall’ comes after second and third persons, it is employed to indicate an obligation or a warning, etc. How about ‘shall have done’? for example: Company A shall have contributed 50 million dollars to the joint venture. Is such usage correct? I feel somewhat strange. I understand that if we want to use future perfect tense, we will use “will have done” and in case of first persons “shall” could be adopted instead of “will”. If we want to use subjunctive mood, we will use “should have done”. “[third persons] shall have done” looks neither future perfect nor an indication of obligations. I think it is wrong. Am I right?

December 22, 2007  •  cheripetraitis

Younger vs. youngest

My husband and I disagree on the use of these two words. I say, since we have three children, two girls and a boy, that I can say that “Rebecca is the younger daughter, and the youngest child”. He says that since she is the youngest of all three children, that he can say she is his youngest daughter. I feel that it should be she is the younger daughter since there are only two daughters and of course, she is the youngest child. HELP!

November 1, 2007  •  tessa

Percents or Percentages

Help! I have an annual report ready to go to print....Can someone please tell me which footnote is grammatically correct? Percents do not add to 100 because members may indicate more than one business activity. OR Percentages do not add to 100 because members may indicate....

August 10, 2007  •  tim2

therefore, thus as conjunctions

What is the consensus on using words like “therefore” and “thus” as conjunctions (i.e. to connect two sentences), such as: “I ate a burger, therefore/thus I am full.” Or, can they not be used as conjunctions, and does a “real” conjunction or a semicolon need to be inserted? “I ate a burger, and therefore/thus I am full.” “I ate a burger; therefore/thus I am full.” Any thoughts?

July 7, 2007  •  agro

the spinning around machine

a) a program that is open source b) an open source program (b) sounds right because “open source” is in fact a whole adjective. It is neither “open” nor “source”. So the construct in (b) is just like “a blue book”. However, a) the machine that is spinning around b) the spinning around machine Somehow, (b) doesn’t look right for me, because the base adjective is only “spinning”. Is it just my feeling, or is it indeed wrong? If wrong, is there a way to somehow “correct” it? Thanks a lot.

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