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Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma? more

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The question [Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? February 1, 2017] isn’t just about direction of movement, it’s about indirect dialogue. more

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What is the plural of McDonald’s? Everything I try looks wrong, and online search results are far from unanimous. more

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Please settle my bet with a friend. Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? There’s ten bucks riding on your answer. more

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Why has the perfectly good noun "gift" been twisted into use as a verb, replacing the perfectly good verb "give"? more

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Which is correct: “replaced by” or “replaced with”? more

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Doesn’t the word "oversight," which has two opposite meanings, cause misunderstandings? more

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Are the words fictional and fictitious interchangeable? If so, why do we need both? more

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Is it flak or flack? I looked it up in two dictionaries and they disagree. Why? more

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When there’s more than one adjective before a noun, does it matter what order they’re in? more

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How do you punctuate “dos and donts”? more

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What’s wrong with writing “Sahara Desert”? more

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I am a grade nine, philosophizing logophile trapped in a frustrating predicament. My problem is that I take too much time writing my English assignments. more

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Why is lieutenant-governor spelled with a hyphen and governor general without a hyphen? more

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Are more and more people saying “the reason is because…,” or have I just begun to notice how irritating it is? I’m no language expert but this expression is screamingly redundant, and now I see or hear it every day. more

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Is it my responsibility to obtain permission to quote song lyrics prior to submitting my full manuscript for publication, or is this something the publisher would do? more

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Which is correct: “He dove into the water,” or “He dived into the water”? more

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I received a comment from my writing instructor that read "You are a beautiful writer." I contend it does not mean the same thing as “You write beautifully.” more

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Which is correct: “I am fascinated by fireworks” or “I am fascinated with fireworks”? more

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What’s with fresh water (fresh-water, freshwater) and salt water (salt-water, saltwater)? Can’t the educators and publishers and dictionary writers get together on spelling and punctuation? more

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma?

—Judy in Port Moody (BC) (seriously)

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