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General Writing and Grammar Help/RE: Almost never - hardly ever


Dear Ted:

At the end of your answer, you wrote the following:

In other words, you do NOT even SUSPECT that the "might" be a difference.

My question is this:

Did you mean to write, "In other words, you do NOT even SUSPECT that THERE 'might' be a difference"? If so, I'm sure it was just a typo, wasn't it?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.


Dear Paolo:

Yes, it was a typo.  See my other answer for an explanation.

I am not intentionally doing this, but I just realized that I am giving you very good practice.  You are clearly reading my answers carefully, which means that you are a VERY

It's one thing to try NOT to commit errors, but you are finding my errors.  Good for you!

I have one "tutee" in South Korea who has discovered how bad the grammar and spelling are at the CNN news site.  He sends me sentences with HIS suggested corrections.  He says that between CNN and me, his English is really improving!


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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