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Avoid stepping in major English grammar do-do (or is it due-due???).  Keep reading to learn more.

March 24, 2017 was a breakthrough day for writers:

The Associated Press style guide allowed -- for the very first time -- that forms of they” might sometimes be used to stand for singular nouns. It was by no means a full-blown endorsement. But it opened the door to a usage that has appeared in common English speech for decades.

The Oxford comma is in the news again – this time with a ten million dollar price tag attached. A case recently made its way through the American courts in which truck drivers were challenging a law passed by the state of Maine that had been used to deny them overtime pay.

And it all hinged on a missing comma.

Have you ever found yourself typing “should of” instead of “should have”?

The mistake is an easy one to make if you don’t pay attention. The trouble is that “f” and “v” are corresponding letters. We make their sounds in almost exactly the same way. The only difference, in linguistic terms, is that one is “voiced” and the other “voiceless.”

Prove it to yourself by placing your hand lightly on your throat. Then make the sound of the letter “f,” noting exactly where you are positioning your tongue, teeth, and lips and how you are forcing the air from your lungs. Now switch to making the sound of the letter “v.” You’ll find the only real difference is that your throat is vibrating. That’s because you’ve tightened your vocal chords to make the column of air vibrate as you push it out of your lungs and through your lips.

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