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Louis? The consensus is that there is no workable principle that governs. Even your ear won't always help. 30 • A TO Z/A TO O A last thought. " Where is an adverb; at is a preposition helplessly grasping for an object. Omit at. A to Z/A to O Is it just as well, when the full spectrum or range of something is meant, instead of saying it is the A to Z to say it is the A to O? I should not be inclined to use A to O because it might not be understood. If you prefer Greek, at least spell out the names of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

Verb smell links adjective bad to subject dog. If we say that the dog smells badly, we mean that the dog has a cold or has a defective smelling 32 BARELY • 33 apparatus. In this case adverb badly is an adverb of manner modifying smells. Verbs other than those of the senses may be copulative verbs. The most common are be, appear, become, and seem. Some others are go, grow, keep, lie, prove, remain, run, sit, stay, turn, and wax. "The cats are lying dormant"; "Sheila stays (or remains) happy"; "The trees grew straight"; "Aler gnon always waxes elegant.

2. The phrase between you and I, or one like it, is very common. What alert is there to avoid this glaring error? Remember that all prepositions, of which between is one, take pronouns in the objective case, not in the nominative. Hence between you and me. " Not true. The overrefinement is misguided. 38 • BIANNUAL/SEMIANNUAL biannual/semiannual What is the difference between biannual and semiannual? There is none according to the dictionary. " A distinction, however, has evolved in their usage.

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