grammar

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned Last Year

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned Last Year

I might be Lifehacker’s parenting editor, but I also took on the unofficial role of the site’s grammar writer in 2019. Whenever I had to double-check the usage of a word or phrase or recalled a mnemonic device I found useful, I wrote about it. And then I’d get specific…

Spoilt Or Spoiled? Irregular Verbs Explained

Spoilt Or Spoiled? Irregular Verbs Explained

English is a weird language. None of our grammatical rules ever seem to be evenly applied without exceptions, and irregular verbs are no different. For most verbs in the English language, changing to past tense is as simple as adding ‘ed’ on the end. But then there’s a whole host…

How To Use A Semicolon Correctly

How To Use A Semicolon Correctly

The semicolon may have a reputation as being the most aloof and intimidating of all punctuation marks. It’s stronger than a comma but lacks the finality of a period. In any case where you might want to use it, you don’t actually have to use it. So why bother? That’s…