Tag Archive for: grammar tips
Think back a few years and imagine you are sitting in your high school history classroom one day, just waiting for the bell to ring, and your teacher walks through the doorway and tells everyone in the classroom: “Class, put your books under your desk and take out a clean sheet of paper.”
How many times did I walk past this sign last week looking for the restroom? Read more
This photo is of one of the walls in the conference center at the #AloftSeattleRedmond. I was honored to facilitate a three-day Advanced Communications Program for a cohort of emerging leaders for one of my clients, and we all got a kick out of the creative artwork throughout the meeting area. But, can you tell what the wall is composed of? Look closely.
In fact, we’ll use this photo to introduce our #GrammarforGrownups question this week. Which word is correct?
If you [home in, hone in] on this photo, you can tell the entire wall is composed of old keyboard keys.
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Answer: home in
If you home in on this photo, you can tell the entire wall is composed of old keyboard keys.
I have always said hone in similar situations.
I have always been wrong.
To home in means to get closer to something such as an object or a goal or the truth. Picture a homing pigeon (why haven’t I realized that before).
To hone means to sharpen something—and you don’t hone in on anything.
My son honed his test-taking skills in preparation for the ACT.
And, I’m certainly honing my vocabulary this month.
Can you think of other examples of words you have been using incorrectly without realizing it?
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