Years ago Bill Walsh helped me confirm whether or not you could use contractions with proper nouns, which I jokingly referred to as the "Klems rule." Here's what he had to say. (He will be missed.)
Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
Here's the difference between lay vs. lie, along with "lay lie" examples and a simple chart that breaks it all down and will make it easier for you to know when to use each.
Both everyday and every day are correct, but they can’t be used interchangeably. Here's a simple explanation of when to use each.
Here's the difference between alright and all right (hint: one of them technically isn't a word). Here's a simple explanation.
Using “into” and “in to” interchangeably is a very common grammar faux pas—heck, my sister commits this grandiose error in e-mails at least twice a day and, despite my attempts to sick the grammar police on her, she continues to write recklessly. But if you understand their individual definitions, it’s easy to pick the...
What's the difference between fewer and less? Here's a simple explanation to help you use both correctly.
Get an easy-to-understand breakdown of the difference between literally and figuratively, and why their definitions may be evolving.
Grammarians will often tell you not to split infinitives, but you see writers do it all the time. Is it against the grammar rules or are the grammar teachers off base? Here's the answer.
Word repetition can really weigh down your writing and slow down readers. Try out these five simple ways to tackle word repetition and improve your writing skills.
Deciding whether to use affect or effect isn’t as tough to as you may think. Let me explain.
Way too often do we see folks misuse these two words. Here's a simple explanation of the difference between raise and rise—and when to use each.
Here is a simple explanation of the difference between who and whom (and examples of when to use each).
Are insure and ensure interchangeable? Here's what you need to know in the battle of insure vs. ensure and how to use each one correctly.
"Sneaked" versus "snuck" is one of those classic grammarian conundrums that you'll hear word enthusiasts debate all the time. Here's a simple explanation to make sure you're using the right word.
Are "since" and "because" interchangeable or is there a difference between them? This quick explanation will help you put this hot-button issue to rest once and for all.