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  • DOUBLE NEGATIVE - It must be remembered that two negatives in the English language destroy each other and are equivalent to an affirmative.
  • EACH, EVERY, EITHER, NEITHER - These words are continually misapplied. Each can be applied to two or any higher number of objects to signify every one of the number independently. Every requires more than two to be spoken of and denotes all the persons or things taken separately. Either denotes one or the other of two...
  • EAT—ATE - Don't confound the two. Eat is present, ate is past.
  • ELLIPSIS - Errors in ellipsis occur chiefly with prepositions.
  • FIRST PERSONAL PRONOUN - The use of the first personal pronoun should be avoided as much as possible in composition.
  • FLEE—FLY - To flee is generally used in the meaning of getting out of danger. To fly means to soar as a bird.
  • FURTHER—FARTHER - Further is commonly used to denote quantity, farther to denote distance.
  • IN—INTO - In denotes the place where a person or thing, whether at rest or in motion, is present; and into denotes entrance.
  • LAY-LIE - The transitive verb lay, and lay, the past tense of the neuter verb lie, are often confounded.
  • LOOSE PARTICIPLES - A participle or participial phrase is naturally referred to the nearest nominative.
  • NEITHER-NOR - When two singular subjects are connected by neither, nor use a singular verb.
  • NONE - Custom Has sanctioned the use of this word both with a singular and plural; as—"None is so blind as he who will not see" and "None are so blind as they who will not see."
  • ONE - The indefinite adjective pronoun one when put in place of a personal substantive is liable to raise confusion.

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