Well...I was getting all ninja-ey on some grammar and decided we needed somewhere other than Google to go when we're agonizing between 'farther' and 'further' (look no further!)...so here's a list of errors I'm beginning to see more frequently. If you think of more, PM me and I'll edit them in. Go elsewhere for rules like "Use adverbs sparingly"; this one is for what is
and what isn't
, not what's debatable.
One word or two?
: Workout, setup, logout, mix-up, backup, layout, pickup, login, breakup, tryout, every day (each 24-hour period; every modifies day).
: Work out, set up, log out, mix up, back up, lay out, pick up, log in, break up, try out.
: Everyday (normal, standard). [I saw this one plastered all over a cereal box... Eat a Good Breakfast Everyday! or something...gah.]
These are not interchangeable. Don't bother putting dashes between them if you're not sure, because dashes are only for nouns too ("That was a bad break-up" is just as good as "That was a bad breakup", but "Did you break-up with him yet?" may get you a grammar-ninja throwing knife to the knee).
: Willingly receive. Except
: Verb--to influence. Effect
: Previously; so soon. All ready
: completely prepared.
: Committee. Counsel
: To guarantee. Insure
: To take out a monetary policy protecting from loss/damage/theft/whatever.
: Belonging to it. It's
: It is.
: Past tense of verb 'to pass'. Past
: Everything else.
: Basic belief, truth. Principal
: Head of a school; sum of money.
: Comparative conjunction. Then
: After that.
: Not here. Their
: Belonging to them. They're
: They are.
: Also. Two
: Number between one and three. To
: Everything else.
: Possessive of 'who'. Who's
: Who is.
: Belonging to you. You're
: You are.
: Noun--intake of air. Breathe
: Verb--to take in air.
: More distant; usually referring to physical distance. Further
: More, additional; refers to metaphorical distance. [When unsure, go with 'further']
: To recline (past tense lay). Lay
: To put down (past tense laid).
: Misplace. Loose
: Not tight. (Rhymes with "moose". And we aaaall know how to say "moose.")
: Noun--Outlook. Prospective: Adjective--potential; expected.
Don't Pretend These Exist
Couldn't care less
, could care less
(Unless you do care at least a little bit.)
, suppose to
, try and
, use to
, would of