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“I’ve got” vs. “I have”

  • January 10, 2013, 8:27pm

"I have" would be used primarily in the instance where you have had something for quite sometime. "I have a blue car," "I have brown hair," "I have black shoes," or "I have a nice, furry jacket." Obviously, these examples are of subjects that the individual has had in their possetion for a long period of time. "I got," on the other hand, should be used for things an individual recently obtained. "I got a new shirt," "I got paid yesterday," "I got a cup of coffee," or "I got a cool hat" are many examples of something that you could have GOT recently.

Pronouncing “mandatory”

  • September 24, 2012, 10:47am

It is pronouced man-duh-tor-e.

“get in contact”

  • September 24, 2012, 10:41am

"Get in contact" simply means that you never were in contact to begin with. "Keep in contact," on the other hand, means that you are already in some sort of contact, but want to make the connection stronger by keeping it stable.

repetitive vs. repetitious

  • September 24, 2012, 10:38am

What do the words "refurbish," "retrace" and "retype" have in common? They are all introduced by the prefix, re-. Whether you are refurbishing something, retracing something or repeating something, you are doing something again. The differences between "repetitious" and "repetitive" are slight, but, as Ben22 stated, "repetitious" includes a more negative connotation than "repetitive." They are the same in the way that the two words share the same prefix: re-. This, by definition, simply means, "again."

Titled vs. Entitled

  • September 24, 2012, 10:20am

You would be surprised by the number of "professional" writers who cannot identify the difference between the words "title" and "entitle." "Title" is what one would put at the top of an essay. "What are you going to title your essay?" "Entitle" is what is given to you or belongs to you through an inheritance. Often used in the past tense, "entitle" could be used by saying, "By law, you are entitled to your mother's house." Though simple to understand, many struggle with these differences.