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Is It Correct to Say “I Personally”?

Do you want to express that you did something unaided or that something is your own opinion? We often hear people use the phrase ‘I personally” and may wonder whether it’s correct or repetitive.  It is grammatically correct to say “I personally” to express that something has been done by you, in person, as in …

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Is It Correct to Say “Happy Belated Birthday”?

From social media to online calendar applications, we have no excuse to forget anyone’s birthday; yet, life sometimes catches up with us, and we occasionally miss one. When that happens, you may wonder if it’s correct to say “Happy belated birthday” once you remember. It’s technically incorrect to say “Happy belated birthday” when you are …

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Is It Correct to Say “These Data”?

Many English words are rooted in Latin and result in plurals that end in “a.” As such, they cause confusion around how we should treat them grammatically. In addition, these words often shift from the original plural, which affects how we use them. It is technically correct to say “these data” if we are talking …

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Which Is Correct: Highly Recommended or Strongly Recommended?

In English, we qualify our adjectives by adding words in front of them. In the case of something that is “recommended,” we may wonder if it is correct to say it is “highly recommended” or if we should instead choose “strongly recommended”? If we describe something as “highly recommended,” we say many hold a favorable …

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