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Tahira Hanif

Focus in or Focus on: Meaning, Grammar, and Correct Usage

Imagine you are a high-school student again — your report card has just arrived. Next, you’ll hear the inevitable lecture about how you’ll need to be more focused in your studies…or is it on your studies? This confusion probably explains your B in English. “Focus on” is correct when “focus” is a verb, usually related …

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Cleverer or More Clever: Which Is Correct?

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” But how would he feel about two comparative forms both being equally correct? Both “cleverer” and “more clever” are correct. The grammatical rule …

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Input or Imput: Which Is Correct?

It’s a Friday morning, and you’re ready to begin the weekend when your boss walks in and says, “I need you to ‘imput’ these numbers before Monday.” But if “imput” isn’t a word, does that really count as a request? “Imput” is a commonly misused spelling and pronunciation of the word “input.” “Input” refers to …

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Furthest or Farthest: Understanding Differences in Usage

You’ve all seen two very similar sounding words: “further” and “farther.” Despite some ideas to the contrary, these are not American versus British spellings. “Further” and “farther” are two different words, despite sounding the same and having close meanings. “Furthest” and “farthest” are both the superlative form of “far.” As irregular adjectives, they describe distance. …

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