STATIONARY and STATIONERY

STATIONARY: an adjective or adverb, meaning “not moving”, “fixed in one place”, “still.” STATIONERY: a noun, meaning “paper, for letter writing or note-taking” Ex: I use a stationary bike for exercise. (adj) Ex: The hostages were ordered to remain stationary. (adv) Ex: The girl received stationery and a special pen Read more…

USING WHETHER or IF

The formal rule is to use IF when you have a conditional sentence and WHETHER when you are showing that two alternatives are possible. Some examples will make this more clear. ex: “The President didn’t know WHETHER the zombie attack would begin on Monday or Tuesday.” Because I used “whether,” Read more…

PASSED and PAST

PASSED is the past tense and past participle of the verb “to pass.” It means to move on or ahead; proceed. It can function as both a transitive and intransitive verb. For example, “The car passed me in the left lane.” “I unknowingly passed by her in the crowd.” PAST Read more…