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  • The Word ‘another’ Is Not an Adjective

    If I had to pick a single grammar topic to focus on for the rest of my life, I would likely...

    English DeterminersHeather JohnsonMarch 6, 2020
  • Zero Phones and Markers: Not All Letters Spell Sounds

    Writing is not sounds written down. The primary function of English spelling is to represent meaning. Sounds do matter, but not...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 29, 2020
  • Cheeseburger Meatloaf Recipe

    Meatloaf is an inexpensive and filling meal. My family literally devoured my most recent recipe. (There were no leftovers, and I...

    RecipesHeather JohnsonFebruary 24, 2020
  • Is “Some Years Back” Grammatically Correct?

    Earlier today I came across a tweet that argued against the use of the word back in the phrase some years...

    English PrepositionsHeather JohnsonFebruary 4, 2020
  • Why Are <talk>, <walk>, and <stalk> Spelled with <l>?

    Yesterday I introduced my 5-year-old to the words <talk> and <walk>. He knows that graphemes can spell sounds, specifically that <l>...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 3, 2020
  • Why Is <broad> Spelled with the <oa> Digraph?

    Yesterday I posted on my social media about the spelling of the word <broad>. I just introduced the <oa> grapheme to...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 23, 2020
  • Word Matrix: Leve

    I always misspell the word <relevant> as <*relavant> based on a thinking that <relevant> is related to <relative>. I recently decided...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 22, 2020
  • <*tion> Is Not an English Suffix

    <*tion> is not an English suffix. I repeat: <*tion> is not an English suffix. I previously wrote a post entitled The...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 17, 2020
  • <Urine> and My Phonics Phail

    I grew up in the 1990s. I entered kindergarten in 1990 and began learning to read that year. Phonics and sight...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 15, 2020
  • Sugared Cranberries Recipe

    I love cranberries, which are a perfect fruit during the holidays. This year for Christmas, I whipped up a batch of...

    RecipesHeather JohnsonDecember 21, 2019