Author Archives: Norm Friedman

Final Exam

High school and college students are graduating, summer is approaching, and I have now shared close to 150 posts since September 2014. This seems the right time to end my weekly blog. Nevertheless, I hope to continue helping you sharpen … Continue reading

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The Moral of the Stories

No quiz this time; just two stories and a few add-ons. #1 Years ago, we heard about a small, independent bakery that sounded perfect for the cake we wanted for our daughter’s birthday party. The place was called Just Desserts, … Continue reading

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Grab Your Red Pen

Okay try and read my mind. Why did the following headline aggravate me? Fathers’ Day is Fast Approaching. Now decide how many changes you would make to improve all three sentences above. My edits 1. We need a comma after the … Continue reading

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Proceed with Caution

In these sentences, decide if one word is correct or both. 1. I felt (bad/badly) about giving Felix so little time to rehearse his role in our skit. 2. I was worried about Felix’s performance, but he did (good/well). The … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Words II

Time to see if you can read my mind again. Come up with a word to replace the underlined section in #1 and another word for the underlined section in #2. (Hint: The words are the same except for the … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Words

Beginning with this post, from time to time we’ll look at winning words that may not be fully appreciated. See if you can read my mind to come up with a basic yet invaluable word that improves both of the … Continue reading

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Four-Letter Words

What minor repairs would you make in these sentences? 1. Smith might break out of his slump by reverting back to his old batting stance. 2. Did you know that Wilson was drafted right out of high school? 3. Johnson … Continue reading

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Gray Matters II

Now that you aced last week’s quiz, let’s see if you can replicate that feat. Again, in each sentence decide if both words are correct, only one is correct, or one is passable but the other is preferable. 1. When … Continue reading

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Gray Matters

We’re delving into a few gray areas this week and next. In each sentence decide if only one word is correct, both are acceptable but one is preferable, or both are correct. 1. Arnold was (disinterested/uninterested) in my vacation advice. … Continue reading

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Not So Fast

Feeling cocky because you’ve haven’t needed to slow down to get there, they’re, and their right since third grade? Good for you, but there’s more to that story. 1. You’d never write this, correct? There’s four all-stars on our team. Of course not, … Continue reading

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