Grammar Bomb: Well VS Good

You did well on that cooking test; it smells good in here.



Good [THINK: thing]
Well [THINK: activity or health] 


Well is often used as an adverb. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. 

Good is most widely used as an adjective, meaning that it can modify nouns.

…adjectives (like good) are used in combination with linking verbs like smelltaste, and look. A linking verb connects or establishes an identity between the subject and predicate, as opposed to an action verb which expresses something that the subject can do. Linking verbs take adjectives, whereas action verbs take adverbs.

Think about the sentence: Everything tastes good. It would sound strange to say Everything tastes well, and the adjectival good is correct in these cases…. In general, use well to describe an activity or health, and good to describe a thing.

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Grammar Bomb: Fewer VS Less

The less the danger, the fewer people are waiting in line for the roller coaster.  



Fewer [THINK: Formal count]
Less [THINK: Lower the mass]


“According to usage rules, fewer is only to be used when discussing countable things, while less is used for singular mass nouns.

“…fewer ingredients, dollars, people, or puppiesless salt, money, honesty, or love.”

“If you can count it, go for fewer. If you can’t, opt for less.

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Grammar Bomb: Alright VS All Right

All right, it’s time to know — despite Black Sabbath’s claim — “alright” is NOT all right in edited text or publications.



Alright [THINK: just as accepted as a’ight]
All right [THINK: right; all right]


“The form alright is a one-word spelling of the phrase all rightAlright is commonly used in written dialogue and informal writing, but all right is the only acceptable form in edited writing. Basically, it is not all right to use alright in place of all right in standard English.

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Grammar Bomb: Judgement VS Judgment

The judge will tell you to get rid of the “e” in your judgment.



Judgement [THINK: error (E)]
Judgment [THINK: ruling (no E)]


“Many think that the difference between judgement and judgment is that the longer version is the British spelling, whereas the shorter one is the convention in the US. While some claim that Noah Webster first recorded the spelling of judgment in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Languagejudgment has been the prevailing spelling on both sides of the pond since the late 1600s.”

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Grammar Bomb: Compliment VS Complement

May I compliment you on your blouse; it complements your eye color. 



Complement [THINK: complete (E)]
Compliment [THINK: praise (I)] 


Complement with an e…meaning “something that completes.” If something complements something else, it completes it, enhances it, or makes it perfect.

The noun compliment means “an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration,” and the verb means, “to praise or express admiration for someone.”

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Grammar Bomb: Stationary VS Stationery

Mom writes on stationery while Dad rides the stationary bike. 



Stationary [THINK: Adjective (A)]
Stationery [THINK: Envelope (E)] 


Stationary with an ameans “fixed in one place and not moving,” like a stationary bicycle at the gym.

Stationery with an e stems from the term stationer, which refers to “a person who sells the materials used in writing, such as paper, pens, pencils, and ink.””

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Grammar Bomb: Comprise VS Compose

The building comprises twelve offices. The twelve offices compose the building.



Comprise [THINK: consist (I)]
Compose [THINK: form (O)]


“The fundamental difference between comprise and compose has to do with the whole versus the parts of any object or concept.

comprise is a verb that means “to include or contain” or “to consist of” as in The pie comprises 8 slices.

Compose means “to be or constitute a part of element of” or “to make up or form the basis of,” as in Eight slices compose the pie.

…The key rule to remember is that the whole comprises the elements or parts, and the elements or parts compose the whole.

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Grammar Bomb: i.e. VS e.g.

I love tropical fruit, i.e. the luscious and tender kiwi, handpicked and stored at room temperature, or the zesty mango marinated in banana juice; I hate sugary treats, e.g. licorice, chocolate, and ice cream.  



i.e. [THINK: in elaboration]
e.g. [THINK: general example]


“…i.e. is a shortening of the Latin expression id est, which translates to “that is.” It is used to introduce a rephrasing or elaboration on something that has already been stated…

The term e.g. is an abbreviation of the Latin expression exempli gratia, meaning “for the sake of example” or more colloquially, “for example.” It follows that this term is used to introduce examples of something that has already been stated…”

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Grammar Bomb: Discreet VS Discrete

Be discreet when reviewing the students’ grades; their assignments were discrete units, not group projects. 



Discreet [THINK: careful with speech (EE)]
Discrete [THINK: separate the Es]


Discreet implies the showing of reserve and prudence in one’s behavior or speech. Discrete means something quite different: “distinct, separate, unrelated.”

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Grammar Bomb: I VS Me

Even though Shakespeare wrote about the love between “you and I,” it is still incorrect, and should be “you and me.”


“…what about “between you and I”? Technically, it should be “between you and me. …Using the word “I” can sound learned and elite; however this leads to it being overused when it’s actually incorrect.  This problem is called hypercorrect incorrectness.

The “you and me” problem is confusing when there are two objects, as in the sentence “Thanks for inviting my husband and I to dinner.” …here’s a simple trick. Omit the first person and see how it sounds.

If you said, “Thanks for inviting I to dinner,” it sounds wrong. Without two people, it is easier to use your ear to hear if “I” or “me” is grammatically correct.”

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