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  1. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thank you so much for this article. Writing (and speaking) correctly is so important. Question: Verbiage-I do use this when talking about words or language. What do you use instead (if you don’t want to use “words’ or “language”)? Example: The verbiage of the document was very clear. Thank you for your expertise.

    • Dec 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Thank you for your question Kimberly. In your sentence, I would say The meaning of the document was very clear, or The document was very clearly written, or The language in the document was very clear, or The author used very clear language in the document. I’m sure there are many other choices as well!

  2. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

    You have helped me so much this year. You have cleared up many of the mistakes that I had made for years. Thank you for this and all your other posts.

    • Dec 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

      You’re welcome Ann! Glad to be making a contribution!

  3. Dec 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for the comment Joan. To me, “George was speaking to my friend Lucy and me” sounds nicely informal, as well as grammatically correct!

  4. Dec 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    How about misuse of the word “I” as in “George was speaking to my friend Lucy and I?” More and more often, I seem to be hearing the pronoun “I’ used in place of “me.” On occasion, even I get confused as to what is now considered correct grammar.

    • Dec 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Penelope. I covered that one in last year’s list so let it be this year 🙂


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