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So I'm working though a course on the English language and they ask us to identify different parts of speech. This doesn't generally constitute a problem for me but my answer key is telling me the following is correct:

more effectively more safely potentially

of at for of

... where I would have thought it was the exact opposite of this. Can someone shed some light?

English Dammit!

I've got to post this rant somewhere, because it's really starting to drive me daft.

Various people at work seem to have issues with basic use of the English language. I can cope with those who don't know the difference between affect & effect, and even those who have problems with advice & advise. However, the following need to be strung up.

Pedantics =/= semantics

Exasperate =/= exacerbate

Pacific =/= specific

Bare =/= bear

So, in order to make this a community post, which words do your colleagues, friends & family misuse? And which grate on you the most?

Boldly going... A question.

OK, I've heard (endlessly) about splitting infinitives, I've no doubt at all that I'm guilty of it. The only problem is, I genuinely don't know what that means, or how to avoid it. And if I can avoid it, how can I do so without sounding terribly formal?

(Now everyone thinks I'm dumb. I must have missed that lesson at school.)

Was? Were? When? Why?

Okay, there's this song by Loudon Wainwright III called "I Wish I Was a Lesbian," and a bit of the spoken introduction goes a little something like this:

"Maybe...you're a lesbian." She looks at me and says, "I wish I was a lesbian." Now at that point I wanted to say, "You mean you wish you were a lesbian, because gramatically...", but I let it slide; I didn't wanna ruffle any feathers[..]

I've poked around the internet, and haven't found any clear answer to my question: When does one use, "was", and when does one use, "were"?

Open my eyes, grammar geeks!

short but sweet

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