grammar

Word Work: Pronoun Agreement

Years ago during a brief stint as a graduate teaching assistant, I taught incoming freshmen how to write essays in an English 101 class. Except for actually having to grade 60 essays every time I gave an assignment, I actually enjoyed the position. Many of these new co-eds came to college full of ambition and […] Read more

Word Work: Irony vs Coincidence

Recently, a friend and I were working on a collaborative writing project when I saw this note from her, highlighting the word “ironically” in my section. “I’d use coincidentally here, not ironically,” she wrote. I scratched my head. Clearly, they were different words with different meanings, but I had never realized that they could be […] Read more