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(Grammar for Students and Professionals)
Read the bi-weekly language column in
the Independent Voice newspaper:
by Mamie Hixon, the Grammar Guru
(Advice on English language use)
PUNCTUATING with PURPOSE
There is one difference between us.
There is one difference between us;
we have different religious beliefs.
There is one difference between us:
our religious beliefs.
There is one difference between us
our religious beliefs.
Your Spell Checker
By Mamie Webb Hixon, Writing Lab
Don't trust your spell checker. A
spell checker recognizes misspellings only when the spelling given does not
exist in American English. Standard spellings such as incontinence
mines (for mine),
curse (for course),
and enemas (for
not detected by a spell checker because these words do in fact exist. Don't
depend on your spell checker to find these and other mistakes with homonyms,
for instance; for, as its name suggests, a spell checker checks spelling.
You'll have to proofread and find your own mistakes.
have a spell checker; / It came with my PC.
It plainly marks four
my revue /
Mistakes I cannot sea.
I've run this poem threw
it / I'm sure your
pleased too no;
Its letter perfect
in it's weigh. /
My checker tolled me
The following sentences were taken from actual
business documents and college papers. And, yes, each writer used a
With friends like these, who needs enemas?
The affects of
Alzheimer's disease. . . .
The committee has enclose it's
minutes for your revue.
He is a cereal killer.
I identified the purse as mines.
This change is the result of operating instructions from our
headquarters; we are sorry for any incontinence
new operation may have caused you.
This policy is for ten-year professors
Over the curse of
my college career. . . .
UWF has a guess speaker
Over two hundred extinguished
guests are invited to the
Other curses with
intensive writing expectations are. . . .
YOU'VE GOT MAIL!
E-mail or e-mail?
Both spellings are correct.
Email and email
are also correct.
10 Most Common Errors in Speech and Writing
just between you and I
2. in regards to/with regards to
4. This is her/him.
5. real good
6. There's several reasons.
7. The university will celebrate
8. had went, had came, had did
10. a interesting experience