Saturday, August 28, 2010

60-Second Good-To-Knows

This week’s topic: grammar

On the use of farther and further:

These two words are often interchanged and misused. You should use farther when referring to distances. Use further when referring to time or quantity.

Examples:

Farther: My new house is farther away from school.
Further: I plan to continue my education further.

2 comments:

  1. A lot or Alot?

    A lot should be written as two words. Although a lot is used informally to mean "a large number" or "many," avoid using a lot in formal writing.

    Example: The crook had many [not a lot of] chances to rob the stranger.
    The example sentence displays the use of the word "many" to show that the crook had several chances to rob the stranger.

    A better word choice than "a lot". Remember practice makes perfect.

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  2. A lot or Alot?

    A lot should be written as two words. Although a lot is used informally to mean "a large number" or "many," avoid using a lot in formal writing.

    Example: The crook had many [not a lot of] chances to rob the stranger.
    The example sentence displays the use of the word "many" to show that the crook had several chances to rob the stranger. A better word choice than "a lot". Remember practice makes perfect.

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