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    January 16, 2009


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    Emily Williams

    Dear Grammar Girl,

    Please help! I am compiling a list of spelling words for 4th and 5th grade students studying the American Revolution, and I cannot decide if redcoats is capitalized! Please advise before I teach them the wrong way.

    Thank you,


    What's with counselling and counseling. Now here your spell checker is saying two L's are a no no. So does my 1976 Webster's. But on the net - if you type in "Define Counselling" (2 L's) you get all sorts of legitimate hits. Who's right (or wrong as the case may be)?

    Thanks, Matt

    Tim Dodge

    Sounds like a good question for Grammar Girl...

    Annette De La O

    Dear Grammar Girl,

    A friend of mine pointed out the sentence, "I know what you mean," telling me that it was a deplorably incorrect use of the word "what". I was too self-conscious to ask why. Can you tell me?


    Tim Dodge


    I suggest you submit your question to Grammar Girl's web site.



    Dear Grammar Girl,

    In every resource that I search, it says that ING words like CAMPING and SWIMMING can only be part of verb phrases, gerunds, or participle's acting like adjectives.

    Please explain to me how it is not an adverb in the following sentences:

    I am going camping.
    Please take me swimming.

    These seem to be modifying the verbs by answering the WHERE question.
    Examples: I am going downtown. I am going outside. I am going upstairs. Please take me there. Please take me home.



    Tim Dodge


    You need to post your question to Grammar Girl's Web site.

    Prasanna Pandey

    -Neha explained the problem to her mother.
    1st object passive: The problem was explained to her mother by Neha.
    2nd object passive: Her mother was explained the problem by Neha.
    -Are these both passives correct?

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