Monthly Archives: October 2012

“like” vs. “as”

“As” is used properly followed by a subject, then a verb. “Like is properly preceded by a verb and then followed by a noun/pronoun. Both are used to make comparisons. “As I have said many times, I do not want … Continue reading

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Hopefully colloquial

“Hopefully, it won’t rain tomorrow, as I plan to go to the beach.” I am unaware of when I picked up the habit of misusing “hopefully” as shorthand for the phrase “I am hopeful,” but I know I am not … Continue reading

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compliment vs. complement

A “compliment” [per Webster’s New World Dictionary] is an expression of admiration, or a gift given for services (tip); a complimentary object is given free as a courtesy. “Complement” is that which completes or brings to perfection. Complementary objects operate … Continue reading

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