Tip 55: Further or Farther

‘Further’ and ‘farther’ are often (and sometimes incorrectly) used interchangeably. Use ‘further’ when writing about additions or progress. Hint: ‘further’ is also a verb, meaning ‘to develop or help grow.’ Any further comments must be submitted in writing. To further your career, get a college education. Use ‘farther’ when writing about physical distance. Hint: ‘farther’ is the comparative form of ‘far.’ If ‘far’ doesn’t make sense…

Tip 50:Did you know . . .

All of-Except with pronouns, ‘of’ is unnecessary (e.g., ‘all the shoes,’ but ‘all of them’). As to whether-whether or not-Whether is usually sufficient. Commence or initiate-Use ‘begin’ or ‘start’ instead. Currently, presently-Currently means it is happening now-Presently means it will happen soon. Data takes a plural verb. Datum is singular and takes a singular verb.…

Tip 47: Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three dots with spaces between them that are inserted into a quotation to show that words have been omitted from the original quotation. (Ellipses is plural for ellipsis.) Rules include: 1. When you place an ellipsis in the middle of a quotation to show that words have been omitted,…