LS Refresher 54: Affect vs. Effect

Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use affect and effect. (a) Effect:  1. Effect functions as a noun most of the time. It has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but “a result” seems to be at the core of all the definitions. Examples: The effect […]

LS Refresher 53: Their, There and They’re

Lawless English gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use their, there and they’re. (a) Their Their is the third person plural possessive adjective, it is used to describe something as belonging to someone (them). Their is nearly always followed by a noun. Example: Their books are on the table. (b) There There […]

LS Refresher 52: By vs. With

TalkEnglish  gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use by and with. (a) With Used as ‘with + a noun phrase’:  with a map  Used to indicate being together or being involved: I ordered a sandwich with a drink. Used to indicate “having”: I met a guy with green eyes. Used […]

LS Refresher 51: Among vs. Between

(a) between You can use the word between when you are talking about distinct, individual items even if there are more than two of them. For example: “She chose between Harvard, Brown, and Yale” (because the colleges are individual things.) (b) among  You can use among when you are talking about things that aren’t distinct […]

LS Refresher 50: How much vs. How many

The Woodward English gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use “How much” and “How many” properly. (a) When we want to know the quantity or amount of something, we ask questions starting with “How much“ We can use “How much” when we want to ask the quantity of uncountable nouns. Example: […]

LS Refresher 49: Which vs That

Confusion over the use of which and that is not something that you should be ashamed of. These two words are often misused even by writers. This post will shed light on when and how to use these terms. English Grammar gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use which vs that properly. a.) Generally, that can […]

LS Refresher 48: Put up vs. Put on

McMillan Dictionary gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use “put up” and “put on” properly. a. put on -to cover a part of your body with a piece of clothing or jewelry so that you are wearing it -to spread a cream, liquid, powder, or other substance on your skin […]

LS Refresher 47: Who vs. Whom

Grammarly gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use who and whom properly. (a) Who  In a sentence, who is used as a subject. Let’s look at a couple of examples: Who would like to go on vacation? Who made these awesome quesadillas? (b) Whom Whom is used as the object of a verb or preposition. […]

LS Refresher 46: Few vs. Little

Ginger Software gave the following rules  that will help us learn how to use few and little properly. (a) Little refers to non-countable nouns, and is used with the singular form to indicate that something exists only in a small amount or to a slight degree. (b) Few refers to countable nouns, and is used […]

LS Refresher 45: Phrasal Verbs Using “Fall and Put”

When talking to native speakers, you might come across idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and an adverb or another verb. Such idiomatic phrases are called phrasal verbs. Here are some of them and their meanings. FALL fall apart – break up, come apart, or disintegrate fall down – fall to the ground fall out […]