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Dear Geist, Are the terms West Coast and west coast interchangeable? Read more

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Dear Geist, Am I racking or wracking my brains? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is there a recent comprehensive list of Indigenous groups in Canada? Read more

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Dear Geist, What's the difference between instinctive and instinctual? Read more

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Dear Geist, What thesaurus do you recommend for a writer wet behind the ears? Read more

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Dear Geist, What did my writing group leader think was so funny about a sentence I wrote in a short story? Read more

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Dear Geist, Which is correct, (a), (b), or both? (a) All of them are overdressed for the hike; (b) None of them is properly dressed for the hike. Read more

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Dear Geist, Please settle a bet on biweekly—does it mean twice a week, or every second week? Read more

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Dear Geist, What's your policy on using gender pronouns when referring to animals? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is anyone but me sick to death of “impossibly,” the new (sort of) favourite adverb in contemporary fiction? Read more

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What exactly is a preface? How long should it be? My editor has asked me to write one for my first book of non-fiction—a collection of essays, coming out in a few months—and I’m too embarrassed to admit my ignorance. Is it like an introduction? Read 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)? Read more

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

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

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

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