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Is Past Perfect Necessary? Understanding Proper Usage

We use the past perfect tense to explain actions that started and finished in the past, usually before another action in the past.  Sometimes, people call the past perfect “The past of the past,” even though it describes an action that started and finished in the past, just like the simple past tense. So, now …

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Is It Correct to Say, “Have a Great Day Ahead”?

Everyone around you is excited to have a productive and successful day, and there’s so much potential for the day ahead! You want to express some positivity, too, so you decide to tell everyone, “Have a great day ahead!” But, as a few people throw you a confused glance, it leaves you wondering, is it …

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Which Is Correct: “Laid Off” or “Layed Off”?

Your boss explains that she has to lay off half of the department, and you’re left sweating, wondering if you’ll still have a job by the end of the day. That’s when you wake up with a start and cold sweat. The phrase “laid off” is hard enough to hear, but it’s even harder to …

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Long-Term or Long Term: Is It an Open, Hyphenated, or Closed Compound?

When someone uses “long term” or “long-term” while speaking, the words sound the same. Still, you’re confident you’ve seen this expression written both with and without the hyphen, so it’s not unusual to wonder, “Is it ‘long-term’ or ‘long term’?” And does that make a difference to the meaning of the word? Both “long-term” and …

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