The subjunctive mood: why it’s “I wish I were” and not “I wish I was.” What the subjunctive mood is and when to use it, illustrated with the help of some famous songs.
I’ve been doing a good deal of reading, writing, and editing, and being the unabashed grammar nerd I am, my eyes seem to be drawn…
I used to abhor the idea of page limits as it applied to paper writing in high school and college. While my peers desperately tried to reach the page limit for a given paper, I fruitlessly attempted not to exceed it. Most students slapped a page of first-rate concocted nonsense on the end of their papers. The more intrepid went to such lengths as to enlarge the periods at the end of sentences to 14-point font (legend has it this can add as much as an extra page to a lengthy paper). Meanwhile, I tried to tweak margins before eventually accepting my role as slayer of sentences.