Monday, January 28, 2013

Grammar Police Monday - En Garde




Prepare 
yourself 
to 
battle 
more 
commonly-
confused 
words...



Dual vs Duel
Dual is an adjective that means double; twofold.

A duel is a prearranged fight between two people armed with deadly weapons.


Duly vs Dully
Duly is an adverb that means in due manner; at the right time or in the proper way.

Dully is the adverb form of the word dull that means physically or mentally slow; not sharp; not vivid; boring.

Delve vs Divulge
Delve is a verb that means to dig or search.

Divulge is a verb that means to make known; to reveal.

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29 comments:

  1. I'm duly impressed that you can divulge such insight and delve into a topic that causes a duel between the dual hemispheres of my gray matter.

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    1. Gah! I need coffee for that comment. :P

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  2. Love the pic, but then I used to fence in college. What there were words too? I'll go back and read those now. I just got caught up in good memories.

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    1. Glad it brought pleasant thoughts. :)

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  3. I think I could mistake duly with dully but you have saved me from it. :)

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    1. Oh, I know! I can't tell you how many times, when I've looked up words for a lesson, that I've thought - crap, I wonder if I've ever written the wrong one? LOL

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  4. I love your grammar posts. :)

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  5. I am quick to divulge the content of your GPM on twitter! :D

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  6. More great info on grammar. Tweeting now.

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  7. Great words to talk about.
    And "Go, E.J.!"

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  8. I'm good with delve/divulge and dual/duel, but I'm glad you reminded me about duly/dully. That's the type of slip I know I'd make.

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  9. I didn't even realize dully was a word. Oh adverbs, how I hate thee!

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  10. It makes me shudder to think of anyone actually making these mistakes as adults!

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    1. They do...
      (And sometimes they is me. LOL)

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  11. I would duly divulge the location of the duel, but to do so might delve too far into my dual nature ...
    Oops, this isn't a writing challenge? Never mind. ;) Thanks for helping me keep these straight!

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    1. LOL - That's okay. You're not the only one who treats it like it is. Maybe I should start up a weekly GPM contest with prizes for who can come up with the best flash fiction. xD

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  12. This post could save a few duels between writers and editors/CPs. :)

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  13. love this series! Great reminder for us writers to watch our words. En garde, indeed!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  14. I think my mind is slipping into the area of dully right now.

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  15. I don't know where I picked up the phrase, "I'm duly impressed", but I say it all the time. =)

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  16. I need to mark Mondays on my calendar to check your GP posts. LOVE them!

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