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Always Idioms

Because you can never know too many! While Brandon was still brooding over the team’s loss two weeks later, most of his teammates had gotten over it by then. The loss of Brandon’s team acts as an obstacle to Brandon’s mind – a stumbling block of sorts. Brandon can’t “get over it.” His teammates, however, […]

Variations on Verb Tenses

Consider the following: I live in a community that values education. I am living in a community that values education. These sentences are functionally equivalent. Their meanings are exactly the same. The only difference is that “am living” draws attention to the use of the present tense, via the progressiveness of “am” and “living”. In […]

To “the” or not to “the”

A mistake I see often is the use of “the” where none is needed – or where a definite article is optional. Which raises the question: to “the” or not to “the”? Below, examples of both situations: Scholars of feminism have argued that the modern woman faces a dilemma when trying to explore her sexuality […]