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Is It Correct to Say, “You Are Very Welcome”?

“You’re welcome” is more than just the name of a song in the popular Disney movie Moana; it’s also a common idiom. And just like Disney movies, English idioms adapt with time. It is correct to say “you are very welcome” as this phrase is a thoughtful way to respond to someone’s expression of gratitude, …

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Biennial or Biannual: Which is Correct?

Many people pronounce “biennial” and “biannual” similarly, confusing the listener as the speaker might mean something entirely different. Even when English language learners know there are differences between the two words, they often don’t know which is which and want to know whether to use “biennial” or “biannual.” Both “biennial” and “biannual” are correct to …

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My Family Is or Are: Subject-Verb Agreement

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: you’re talking with a friend about your family, and they ask something general. But when you reply with a quick description, are you referring to one family, or are you talking about several individuals? The need for subject-verb agreement will help determine the verb form you use, so is it …

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Denser or More Dense: Using the Comparative Form of Dense

It is easy to misuse the various parts of speech in any language, especially the comparative form of adverbs and adjectives. When it comes to comparing density, which is correct: “denser” or “more dense”? Since “dense” is a one-syllable adjective, the correct form is “denser,” not more dense, according to the rules for forming comparative …

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