Verb Tenses

by Gabrielle C. Durham We can agree that a verb in the present tense means that action is occurring now. What about the present progressive, which I used in the previous statement? That apparently confounds non-native English speakers because it means that an action is in the middle of happening. Friends have asked me, “What…

The Language of Grief

by Gabrielle C. Durham Grief by Londiwe Buthelezi It rips through your body. Grazing, raking, shaving away all the protective layers you put up all those years before. layers you used to cover all the pain you couldn’t possibly show to others. Grief exposes you. shows everyone what you really are like inside. raw and…

Passive Voice

by Gabrielle C. Durham Folks love to pick on passive constructions. “Passive sentences are too wordy. They are unclear. They gave me a bruise.” Two out of three of these are objectively wrong. The third I can’t help you with. Passive voice provides a valuable service. We all know when something bad happens, even if…

Style Guides

by Gabrielle C. Durham “In receiving this award, I thank my parents, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mr. T.” This is my twist on the importance of the serial or Oxford comma, the comma that should follow “Gabor” and precede “and.” I was indoctrinated at a young age, which as we know is the best time…