English Usage Topics
Compare To or Compare With
How does "to" compare with "with" when used with "compare"? Or should it be "How does 'to' compare to 'with'"...?
Different From or Different Than
So, just how do "from" and "than" differ when used after "different"? Are they all that different after all?
That vs. Who
Which relative pronoun is preferred when talking about a person or a thing? Turns out, it's all relative.
Absolutes are supposed to be the end-all-be-all of descriptors. They are supposed to be beyond compare, but just how absolute is the rule?
None Is vs. None Are
When it comes to English grammar rules, none is ever totally right (but none are ever totally wrong, either).
Days and Dates
A primer on all things time related, such as days of the week, decades and centuries, and all manner of temporal descriptors.
Big or small, fast or slow, hot or cold—no matter the metric, we've got the words you'll need.
Numbers and Fractions
This section will help you learn how to use number words correctly in your writing. There are quite a number of things to remember!
Plural Forms of Nouns
Plurals indicate more than one person, place, animal, or thing, but be careful: these are often trickier to form than simply adding "-s" to the end of a noun.
This will teach you all the basics of how to punctuate your writing. Period (full stop).
A handy primer to help you navigate the tricky labirinth of English spelling rules. Oops, we mean "labyrinth."
This section covers the various words we use to address another person, also known as vocatives.
In this section, we cover how to describe or ask about a person's age. Guaranteed to be appropriate for all ages.
Agreeing and Disagreeing
The various ways of expressing agreement and disagreement are pretty nuanced. We think you'll agree.
This section covers various ways of acknowledging and expressing remorse for one's actions.
Asking for Repetition
Excuse me? Come again? All the different ways to ask someone to repeat themselves.
Complimenting and Congratulating Someone
Compliments and congratulations—the ultimate ways to improve someone's day.
A discourse marker is a fancy way of saying "words that show how you feel and connect a sentence to what comes before or after it."
Ends and odds, early and bright, see and wait—they're just not quite right, are they? This section covers the word pairs that always occur in the same order.
Groups of Things, Animals, and People
This section covers some of the most common words used to describe a group.
How do you let other people know what you are planning to do? Don't worry, we intend to tell you.
Introducing Yourself and Other People
This section goes over the social niceties surrounding introductions.
There are several ways of inviting someone to do something or to come to some place. We invite you to have a look!
Learn when "tea" means the same thing as "dinner." Don't worry, we won't make a meal out of it.
This section will teach you how to make someone an offer they can't refuse. Or at least be pretty persuasive.
Don't be afraid of being opinionated. Just read this section and learn how to express your opinions properly.
Asking, giving, and refusing permission. Go ahead and learn about it all—you don't need our permission.
Pieces and Amounts
Here's a hefty serving of information about how to describe pieces and amounts of uncountable nouns.
Possession and Other Relationships
This section teaches you how to express all sorts of different relationships between people and things. Just don't turn into the possessive type!
This section will help you find the words to express your reaction in just the right way. How wonderful!
Do you want to learn how to express your replies correctly? It's a little more complicated than a simple "yes" or "no."
Requests, Orders, and Instructions
This section will help you learn how to get what you want from others (without being too bossy about it).
This section teaches how to express thanks, whether formally or casually. You don't want to seem ungrateful, do you?
This section deals with all the various ways we express, discuss, and ask about time. It's about time someone put it all in one place!
This section deals with the mechanics of transportation—at least from a grammatical point of view!
This section teaches several ways of warning someone not to do something. We're warning you: you won't want to miss it.
Words with Alternative Spellings
Don't you hate it when you see a word spelled more than one way? Or should it be "spelt"...?
Words with the Same Pronunciation
This section deals with homophones—words with different spellings but the same pronunciations.