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Is It Correct to Say, “The Day Before Yesterday”?

Using the term “yesterday” is simple enough — it means that you are speaking about something that happened a single day ago. But when you want to talk about something that happened two days ago, is using the phrase “the day before yesterday” correct?  It is correct to say “the day before yesterday.” It means …

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If That Were the Case or If That Was the Case: Which is Correct?

Phrases like “if I that were the case” and “if that was the case” can cause confusion even for the most experienced English language learner. If you’re wondering which one is correct, the answer is both. The good news: it’s pretty easy to figure out which one you should use.   When speaking hypothetically, if that …

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Which is Correct “Are” or “Were”? When to Use Each Conjugation

“Are” and “were” are both “to be” verbs, but you cannot use them interchangeably. Since misusing these verbs can create confusion, let’s look at when which is correct: “are” or “were”? You should use “are” when the subject of your sentence is plural or from the second-person point of view (i.e., “you”) and in the …

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Can You Use “Just” With the Past Perfect Tense?

Understanding the various past tense forms in English can make even the most studied speakers feel like they are trying to master rocket science. How can you be sure which words to use and when to use them?  You can use the word “just” with past perfect tense. The past perfect tense indicates that one …

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Do You End a Question With For?

We’ve all heard the old rule: never end a sentence with a preposition. But as language evolves and times change, does the supposed “rule” still stand? Can you end a question with the preposition “for”? You can end a question with the preposition “for.” Despite the traditional assumption that you should never end a sentence …

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