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There's nothing wrong with that, but note that you can often make a sentence clearer and punchier with simple pronouns: It's been around for a while, but do we really need another two-syllable way of saying without? Listen to any interview on radio or television: And it's not just in interviews.

Now, there's nothing wrong with the word itself, and when you really mean that something is true without qualification, go nuts. Still, how 'bout some variety? Some countries have official organizations to issue rules on linguistic matters: Neologisms are among their biggest concerns: Their largest job for the last hundred years or so has been resisting the incursion of English words into their languages.

They're mostly fighting losing battles. But most Frenchies simply ignore the official ruling, and use the familiar English word. Other common French words include le showbiz and les bluejeans. The Accademia della Crusca has been a little more tolerant on the whole: But here's something worth noting: That doesn't stop plenty of people from issuing decrees; I'm not above it myself, though I hope people take seriously my repeated claims that I'm not trying to issue rules but suggestions.

In fact we're all making suggestions, whether we recognize that fact or not. I confess I don't understand what the question means.

Some things are almost universally recognized as inferior; more to the point, some shibboleths will make you look stupid before some audiences. And of course personal taste is always a consideration. But there's no official rule-book, and that means there's no agreement on many questions. Is disconnect a noun? Can you use ironic to refer to things that are merely coincidental? I hate 'em all, but — until the revolution comes, and I become Tyrant — I get only one vote. Mind you, when that glorious day dawns, things are gonna change: Meanwhile, though, I just get to grind my teeth quietly.

Among the less pleasant by-products of the late, unlamented twentieth century — up there with nuclear waste, thalidomide, and the legislative agenda of Newt Gingrich — is the acronym. What began as a harmless attempt to shorten long program names has turned into a mania for reducing every committee, gizmo, or plan to a would-be clever acronym.

Resist the urge to create them by the dozen, especially when they don't do any useful work. By the by, some purists insist the word acronym should apply only to pronounceable combinations of letters: If you care to make the distinction, feel free, but the battle is probably lost, and most people will have no idea what you're talking about. Note that acronyms are almost unheard of before the twentieth century. For tips on using a or an with acronyms, see A or An.

Action verbs , as the name reveals, express actions ; contrast them with verbs of being. It's often wise to cut down on verbs of being, replacing them whenever possible with action verbs; that'll make your writing punchier.

Whatever you do, though, don't confuse action verbs with the active voice , which is the opposite of the passive voice. Sentences with verbs of being such as am , is , are , were aren't necessarily passive sentences, even if they're often weak ones. An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or a pronoun: Adverbs , on the other hand, usually modify verbs, and answer in what manner , to what degree , when , how , how many times , and so forth.

Sometimes adverbs modify not verbs but adjectives or other adverbs: The easiest way to spot adverbs is to look for the telltale -ly suffix. Be careful, though; not all adverbs end in -ly , and not all -ly words are adverbs. Soon , twice , and never , for instance, are adverbs they tell when or how often ; friendly , ugly , and northerly are adjectives they modify nouns.

It would be foolish to cut them out altogether, but many people overuse them. Too many adjectives and adverbs tend to make your writing sound stilted or faux-poetic, and they rarely add much precision.

The nouns and verbs are the words that should be doing the hard work, with adjectives and adverbs playing only a supporting role. I find it ugly and inelegant, but I promise not to make too great a fuss as long as it's confined to business writing. An easily confused pair. Affect with an a is usually a verb ; effect with an e is usually a noun.

When you affect something, you have an effect on it. If the usual s leave you curious, here's the rest of the story: Affix is a technical term to describe bits stuck to affixed to root words.

In English, we use mostly prefixes fore- , un- , pre- , anti- and suffixes -less , -ish , -ness , -ful. Some languages have infixes , where parts are added to the middle of a root word, but they're very rare in English outside of language games. The more controversial question is whether you can aggravate a person. It's common to use the word in colloquial speech as a synonym for irritate , exasperate , or annoy: Want to know quickly what grammar myths are and which ones are the common ones?

Grammarphobia will give you that information so that you no longer fret about old grammar rules that are no longer important. Turn to grammar usage guides if you are frequently puzzled by the use of certain words, their meaning, spelling or place in a sentence. Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style.

Although it requires a purchase or a subscription, the Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style is concise and precise in providing hundreds of answers to the most common usage problems.

Common Errors In English. Washington State University has an excellent section dedicated to the most common errors when it comes to usage. It explains, to the very last detail and comes with amusing explanations and examples. This is yet another guide that focuses on confusing words, their meaning and how they should be properly used.

This guide consists of a thorough analysis of both American and British English, and offers clear guidance and points for using English the right way.

Everything can be easily accessed, and each rule is exemplified with examples from newspapers, journals and books. There are basic style guides, as well as style guides for business writers, scientific writing style guides and so much more.

Here are some of the most famous ones that are usually used or referenced. Chicago Manual of Style. It basically has everything you need, and then some more, like reference for proofreaders, writers, designers etc. National Geographic Style Manual. This manual is consistently updated by editors, and it has been existent since University of Oxford Style Guide.

This PDF document is a guide written by the staff, on behalf of the Oxford University and it aims to guide you through your writing and formatting process. Here are some resources that are easy to understand, with plenty of information packed in, so that you improve your English grammar easily. Non-native speakers often get confused in writing, and this handy guide covers all common writing problems and gives in-depth explanations about each issue and how to solve it.

Every grammar rule is explained and exemplified. This free service enables you to ask any grammar questions and get the right answers. Purdue Online Writing Lab. This resource is well-known among students, and it focuses on explaining each part of speech to the last detail, which is ideal for non-native speakers.

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