Frequently Asked Questions
Located here are answers to questions previously asked of Dr. Grammar that may provide help with your writing ills. If after reading Dr. Grammar's response, you still want to learn more, go to this excellent resource at Purdue University and follow the prompts to your question for additional explanations and examples. A lot or Alot? A lot should be written as two words. A or An? "Use a before a consonant sound; use an before a vowel sound. Accept or Except? Accept is a verb meaning "to receive" or "to approve." Acronyms and Initialisms? "Acronyms are formed by combining the first letter or letters of several words; they are pronounced as words and written without periods" (Alred, Brusaw, and Oliu, The Business Writer's Handbook). "Except for commonly used abbreviations (U.S., a.m.), spell out a term to be abbreviated the first time it is used, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Active or Passive Verbs? "The voice of a verb indicates the strength of the subject in a sentence.