Grammar Girl Helps with "Which" and "That"

Confused by when to use “which” and when to use “that”? Here’s the transcript from the latest Grammar Girl podcast. Here’s a freebie for Greek and Latin students. If you understand the difference between the nominative case and the accusative and dative . . . Continue reading →

Grammar Guerilla: Him, Her, Whom, He She, and Who


Since the wizards of education theory gave up on Latin as a “dead language” English grammar has declined. It doesn’t have to be that way. Learning Latin (or Greek) does improve English grammar but you can improve your English usage without learning . . . Continue reading →

Grammar Guerilla: That That And Had Had (Updated)


Have you ever used, heard, or read these cumbersome constructions: “I had had that same experience but then something else happened” or “She said that that car nearly hit her”? My experience suggests that they are being used more frequently but they . . . Continue reading →

Grammar Guerilla: Impactful And Efforting


English is a wonderfully flexible and acquisitive language. Estimates vary but as the British and European colonial powers that harvested antiques and riches from the Mediterranean, so English has harvested a significant number of words from a variety of sources. English is . . . Continue reading →

Grammar Guerilla: Affect and Effect, Sex and Gender


These two sets of words present two different problems. The first, affect and effect, is that two words sound alike and are formally distinguished by vowels that can be easily confused for one another. Nevertheless, affect and effect do mean different things. . . . Continue reading →

Grammar Guerrilla: Me, Him, Idiocracy, And The Matrix

To anticipate an objection: yes, language evolves but language also has a fixed core. There is a connection between language and the nature of things. There is a distinction in nature between the subject and the object. The languages with which I . . . Continue reading →