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Cosy or Cozy: Which is Correct?

Most know that British spellings often contain an “ou” where their American counterparts favor a single “o” in words like “color” and “humor.” However, that is not the extent of the distinctions, and there are a few more spelling differences across the Atlantic. Both “cosy” and “cozy” are correct depending on the style of English …

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Class’s or Class’: Singular, Plural, and Possessive

While the apostrophe may be the bane of many a middle schooler’s existence, the tricky apostrophe can trip up adults just the same. Many of us think we understand the rules governing plural and possessive forms, but misuse is prevalent. The word “class’s” is the singular possessive form of the word “class.” The plural possessive …

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What Does the Backwards 3 Symbol Mean?

With so many signs and symbols in mathematics, it is sometimes hard to decipher or even understand what each one stands for. For instance, the backward 3 symbol (ε) — what does it mean, and how do mathematicians use it in equations?  The ε symbol, also known as epsilon, represents the closest number to zero, …

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Todays or Today’s: Which Is Correct?

Today is going to be a beautiful day. Or, if you would like to say it more informally, “Today’s going to be a beautiful day.” Apostrophes can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially when used for words that have plurality, like “todays” versus “today’s.” In most situations, the word “today’s” is correct. The apostrophe can …

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Is it a Year or An Year? Which Article Is Used Before Year

Many students know the difficulty of writing an essay with the necessary dates to mark important events. Is it “a year” or “an year?” Which article comes before the word “year,” and when is it appropriate to use a different article?  In the word “year,” the “y” is used as a consonant, so “a” would …

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