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1. You’ve won the battle, but still may lose the war. Have you engaged in strategy or tactics?
2. Wrack or rack; which one denotes wreckage, and which one indicates torture?
3. Can a grisly scene also be grizzly?
4. There is enormity, and then there’s enormousness. Which is used to indicate size?
5. The neighbor’s dog is barking. Is the sound continual or continuous?
Right, then. Pencils down, all! Are we feeling confident? Of course! Let’s have a peek at the answers; I’m sure you all did beautifully.
If you’ve gained a short-term victory, you can thank clever tactics. If it’s a long-term goal you seek, it’s time to invest in a sound strategy.
Did you rack your brain over question two? No need to torture yourself over it; just remember that a storm’s wrack leaves wreckage.
If the grisly details include the wretched cut of someone’s grizzly, or grayish, hair, feel free to use both words in your scene. If you think your readers can bear it …
Are you describing the atrociousness of Black Friday shopping manners? Enormity would be the word of choice in that instance. If you want to depict the abnormally large crowds you saw while shopping, enormousness will convey the feeling nicely.
While the yapping of an excited dog may seem continuous, it can’t really go uninterrupted. Even Fido needs sleep. Continual, that which is frequently repeated, is the appropriate choice here. No matter what one’s ears may indicate.
Well, that was a treat! Speaking of treat, you’ll have to excuse me. There’s a future roulade in the kitchen, awaiting assembly. Dark chocolate cake with chestnut cream; I fear I’ll soon be switching to elastic waistbands. Ah, well. Be on the lookout for popped buttons, and remember: a well-turned phrase is always in style!
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