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The Grammar Cookbook - Sample Pages

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Apostrophes - who needs them?

Sometimes we need them ... and sometimes we don't! This page provides brief coverage on when to use (or not to use) an apostrophe.
Subsequent pages go into more detail on this topic.

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Hyphens

The inclusion or exclusion of a hyphen can completely alter the meaning of a sentence.
Have you ever wondered what a "fine tooth comb" is? Is it a comb for your teeth, or a comb with fine teeth?
The thoughtful placement of a hyphen solves the mystery!

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hanged or hung?

In the Word Usage section, we look at popular word-usage misconceptions, and explain the correct usage.
Is it correct to say "hung" or "hanged"?
If we talk about a person being "hanged", why don't we say "hanged, drawn and quartered"?
Find the answers on this page!

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stationary or stationery?

There are lots of words that look or sound the same, but have very different meanings. In the Confusables section, we examine the most common confusing words and describe the differences between them.
Did the drunk driver collide with a stationery van or a stationary van?
The difference is very significant!
Find the explanation on this page!

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whose

"whose" or "who's"?

Two more words that sound exactly the same, but have very different meanings. But which should you use? It depends on the context, of course. Find an easy-to-understand explanation on this page.

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whose

"your" or "you're"?

So, your having a hard time understanding the difference between these two. Or should that have been "you're having a hard time"?

Find an answer to your quandary on Page 175!

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