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    Using the Right Word: who, which, that

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Who always refers to people. Which refers to nonliving objects or animals, never to people. That may refer to people, animals, or nonliving objects. In formal writing, use that to introduce restrictive (necessary) clauses and which to introduce nonrestrictive (unnecessary) clauses. (See page 4.)

    The Altina Fitness Center, which was built last year, is filled to capacity after work.
    The exercise and yoga classes that are offered there are especially popular.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: weather, whether

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Weather refers to the condition of the atmosphere. Whether refers to a possibility.

    "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
    - Mark Twain
    Tell me whether you agree or not.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: way, weigh

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Way is a noun meaning "path or route"; avoid using it as an adverb meaning "to a great degree." Weigh means "to measure weight" or "to evaluate."

    After weighing the possibilities, Kenton decided to take the easy way out.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 302, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 52)

    Using the Right Word: ware, wear, where

    Monday, October 04, 2010

    Ware is a noun that refers to manufactured goods. As a verb, wear means "to have on one's person"; as a noun, it means "clothing." Where refers to location; it can be an adverb, a conjunction, or a noun.

    Where do you plan to sell your wares?
    I never know what I should wear on casual Fridays.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)

    Using the Right Word: wait, weight

    Friday, October 01, 2010

    Wait (verb) means "to remain somewhere expecting something or someone." As a noun, wait refers to the act of waiting. Weight is a noun referring to a measure of heaviness.

    (From Write for Business, 2nd edition, page 301, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 51)