I have a confession to make: I made a reflexive edit in a manuscript based on personal preference. Worse, I then boasted about it online.
Adverbs are usually placed next to the thing they modify. But what do you do when the result is awkward?
“Only” is a delightful little word that can act as an adjective or an adverb; it can modify nouns, verbs, and even other adjectives. Where you place it makes a big impact. Here’s how to do it well.
Don’t start a sentence with “hopefully”? Hopefully, you’ll read this article and learn why you can.
A few grammar peevers will insist that “none” means “not one” and must take a singular verb. But there’s more to the story.
Subject-verb agreement sounds simple but can be surprisingly complex. These 10 nuances of agreement will get you started.
“Don’t start a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘but,'” we’re told. But no one updates that rule when our skills grow. Let’s fix that.
We’ve been taught not to start sentences with “however.” Why you can dismiss that rule.
The singular “they” zombie has been shuffling along for centuries. It’s time it bit the dust for good.
Have you been told that you can’t use “between” when talking about more than two items? That’s a zombie rule. Let’s rewrite it.