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Two characters have sexily stripped off their tops. One is gently laying a line of kisses down the other from neck to … er … is it naval or navel? Using the wrong one is going to generate some confusing mental images.

Let’s look at these two words with some help from the Avengers. )
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Hello, and welcome back to [community profile] fandom_grammar!  We’re in our new digs on Dreamwidth—mind the fresh paint!—and ready to answer your grammar questions.  Today we’ll ease back in to a regular posting schedule, starting off with a couple of commonly confused words that have similar spellings but very different meanings.  Let’s take a look at alter and altar, with some help from the Avengers.

How can we alter that altar? )
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This week we are going to focus on the proper use of hear, hear vs here, here. And we're going to have help from the Stargate SG-1 crew.

Read more... )
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Welcome to another installment of Blast From the Past. This week we're going to look at a couple more sets of easily confused words: it's/its and your/you're. [ profile] melayneseahawk first covered them back in 2008, and then [ profile] chiroho tackled them in a 2011 BftP. So let's give both of these easily confused duos another glance with a little help from our friends over at Once Upon a Time, shall we?

Blast from the past: it's/its and your/you're )
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Welcome to your Monday, fellow grammarians!  Today we’ll be looking at a thorny little question about some words (or possible words) that are all spelled very similarly and sound alike when spoken.  [ profile] lanalucy asked us “What is the difference between ‘a lot’ and ‘allot’? Is ‘alot’ a word?”  Let’s dig right into this with some help from our friends in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

There are a lot of lots to allot.  )
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Welcome to this week's installment of Blast From the Past! This week, we've got a two-fer of commonly confused words for you: their/there/they're and to/too/two. Both were orignally covered in January 2008 by [ profile] green_grrl, then both got individual focus in their own BftP: the former in November 2011 by [ profile] chiroho and the latter in October 2011 by [ profile] supercheesegirl. So let's see if we can get a brief refresher on these two homophone triads with a little help from our friends over at Witches of East End.

Blast from the past: their/there/they're and to/too/two )
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This week's commonly confused words will include three homonyms, censor, censer, and sensor, as well as censure, which has a slightly different pronunciation but is often confused with them. The examples will be using our friends at Person of Interest.

I need a sensor for the censer before the censor censures me )
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Our question today is when to use hoard versus horde. Both words have to do with a mass quantity, so they are often used interchangeably. But this is an error, as they do have separate, distinct meanings. Here's how to know when to use which, with examples using characters from The Hobbit. )
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Today we’ll be discussing a couple of words that are pronounced the same way but have very different meanings. Let’s take a look at taught and taut, and a side order of taunt, with some help from the folks in the Magnificent Seven.

Teaching stretches me so thin. )
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Welcome to today's post on the difference between dew, due, and do; three words which sound just the same - except when they don't. This post's fannish examples are from Maiden Rose.

More under the cut )
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Guaranteed to set the grammar police's collective teeth on edge!

[ profile] fandom_grammar has tackled the their/there/they're issue before, notably here and here.

Image found at and numerous other places across the internet.
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There is nothing like a list of words that look and sound similar to confuse the heck out of us, so let's try and work out what's what with today's topic. Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, will assist.
Time to apprise ourselves of the definitions here. )
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I have never lain upon a pallet considering the palette of the sunset sky while the taste of smoky coffee heated upon a campfire lingered on my palate, but if I did I could be confident that I used the right words to describe my experience.

Explanations lie under the cut, along with fannish examples from The Professionals.
Read on )
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These two verbs - as well as immigration and emigration, immigrant and emigrant, the nouns formed from the verbs - are opposite sides of the same coin. Let's see if our friends in The Sentinel can help explain the difference. Read more... )
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This Blast from the Past feature is going to focus on the difference between defuse and diffuse, as originally discussed in this excellent article written by [ profile] mab_browne.

With crossover examples from MacGyver and Stargate SG-1:

Read more... )
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Today we’ve got a trio of words that sound alike; two of them even have similar meanings to add to the confusion.  We’ll also take a look at the present participle forms for a couple of them, since they also sound alike. Get ready for wreak vs. wreck vs. reek, with a side order of wreaking and reeking.

With examples from Buffy the Vampire Slayer )
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In writing, the difference between waver and waiver comes down to a tiny little i, but in reality, the difference is a whole lot more.

Along with the help of our friends in Harry Potter, let’s take a look at these two words that sound exactly the same but mean two quite different things.

You do not want to waver on the waiver, kind sir )
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Today's Friday Funny combines one of my biggest pet peeves with one of my all time favorite comic strips.


This particular homophone issue has been handled previously in [ profile] fandom_grammar by [ profile] melayneseahawk in another Friday Funny and [ profile] chiroho in a Blast From the Past about a year ago, as well as [ profile] green_grrl's article from 2008.

I do want to point out that there are some countries where the use of "Nazi" would not be prudent, so usually said person would be called a "Grammar Fiend" or some other variation on that.

I don't know about any other grammarians, but this one is tied with your/you're and to/two/too for a grammar-related issue that can set my blood to boiling instantly when I see it. It's also one of my big reasons to advocate for a beta, because spellcheck doesn't always catch these issues. And don't get me started on that period that should actually be a comma, or the missing period at the end of the phrase.

So what do you do to make sure you don't confuse these homophones?


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