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Which is right: “Science is yet to find out why” (as it is worded in a reputable political/business magazine), or “Science has yet to find out why” (as I think it should be worded)? more

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Does "three year old" have hyphens in it, or not? more

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What is the past tense of hang, in the sense of a person being hung (or hanged)? It would be grand if we never had occasion to use the term again, but meanwhile... more

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Which is correct: “painted with the same brush,” “tainted with the same brush” or “tarnished with the same brush”? more

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What is the difference between "in" and "among"? more

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Why do we have two words, almost identical, that mean “easily set on fire”? I’m talking about flammable and inflammable. Even dictionary writers seem embarrassed about this weird situation. more

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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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Which is right: “Science is yet to find out why” (as it is worded in a reputable political/business magazine), or “Science has yet to find out why” (as I think it should be worded)?

—Marnie Ann, Vancouver BC

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