Should I Use "Must" or "Have to?" The general rule for using must or have to to express an obligation is that must is used when the obligation comes from the speaker, and have to is used when the obligation comes from someone or something other than the speaker. An example of the correct use… Continue reading “Must” or “Have to?”
Should I Use "Allude" or "Refer?" Some writers use allude and refer as if they mean the same thing. While their meanings are similar, they are not identical. To allude to something means to hint at something or suggest something indirectly, whereas to refer to something means to point to something directly. The following illustration should… Continue reading “Allude” or “Refer?
Should I Use "Farther" or "Further?" The words farther and further are often used interchangeably based on what rolls off the tongue more nicely. Most of the time, it is not terrible grammar to use these two words in this way, but it is widely accepted by grammarians that the two words are slightly… Continue reading “Farther” or “Further?”
Should I Use "Fewer" or "Less?" It is not a very common mistake for a person to use the word fewer when they mean to use less. Most people are naturally inclined to avoid using a phrase such as, “Could I have a little fewer milk?” People do tend to make mistakes the other… Continue reading “Fewer” or “Less?”
Should I Use "Each Other" or "One Another?" While determining whether to use the phrase each other or one another is straightforward, some people have a tendency to misuse these terms. The rule is simple for deciding which of these terms should be used in any given sentence: When discussing only two entities, one… Continue reading “Each Other” or “One Another?”
Should I Use "Agree to" or "Agree with?" A good way to distinguish the phrases agree to and agree with from one another is to think of agree to as agree to do. When you agree to terms on a contract, for example, you are expressing an intention to do as the contract says. You… Continue reading “Agree to” or “Agree with?”
Should I use "Angry at" or "Angry with?" Some people believe that the terms angry at and angry with can be used interchangeably. While this is the case under some circumstances, it usually the case that one of these terms should be preferred over the other. If the subject of a person’s anger is… Continue reading “Angry at” or “Angry with?”