FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions from website visitors

Over the years I’ve received many FAQ frequently asked questions, suggestions and lovely comments. Here I’d like to share just a few with you – enjoy!


Funny (1)

I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous!

I saw this on an email signature and had to laugh out loud! Ambidextrous means to be able to use both hands/arms, for example, being able to write with both your left and right hands.

The next time you want to get a laugh, try saying, “I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous!” 🙂

Other (1)

Is there a Newsletter?

Teena: Is there any way that you could publish the grammar notes as a daily or weekly tip newsletter? Thanks for considering this! Ronald R., Georgia

Hey there Ronald! I have had so many requests for this that I have decided to start an email Newsletter – I have just launched it! Please click on the Newsletter link in the menu bar.

Spelling (3)

Difference between affect and effect?

Teena, i enjoyed looking at your web site. i found it to be very interesting and i appreciate your attempt to battle bad grammar. i tell you what always confuses me. i can never keep affect and effect straight.

Teena says: Trish, thanks for your very kind words! I’ve explained the differences between affect and effect on their webpage – pop over here to read more — Difference between affect and effect >>

How can I remember to spell “stationery”?

Is there any easy way? Yes, there is! There is one “E” in this word, and I always say to myself, “E for Envelope.” So use this spelling when you’re talking about anything to do with paper, pens and things you’d buy in a stationery store or shop. While you are in the store and standing still, you are stationary [stationAry with an “a” – the OTHER spelling of stationery.]. Pop over to the Stationery page to read more >>

Past or passed?

I’ve just been to your site which I found in Australia’s Internet Directory this month. I was mainly interested in ellipsis, which I always forget how to use, but found the whole site very interesting.

I’ve given it to a few friends I know can use it. I’m writing this e-mail because I’m confused about when to use past or passed, and thought it may be a good addition to your site. If I pass a car on the freeway, have I past it, or passed it? A motion in parliament is passed, but the shop is past the corner of the street. Why is that?
I hope you can help my confusion. Thankyou and keep up the great work.

Michael B., Australia
August 1999

Teena says:

Michael, thanks so much for your very kind words! And for your terrific question – I have written a page to cover this – please read Past or Passed? >>

Punctuation (2)

Ellipses – three dots or four??

A great tip from Lee, July 1999

“Teena – You are correct on your website page about “Dot Dot Dot” — except when you leave out the last part of the sentence. Then it is “last words ….” with FOUR dots.
From an old retired typographer.

Teena says:

Thanks Lee! It’s always great to hear from people who know how to use ellipses!

How to use Quotation marks?

The questions from Ann is: Do you have a section on using quotes? I can never remember if they go before or after the comma, period, or whatever!

Teena says:

Great question Ann! I have written about this and you can click the link to read more.

If you’d like to ask a question, click on the Ask a Question button in the sidebar to get started 🙂 I love to get feedback!

2 Responses to FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Typo? says:

    “stationery stor*y*”? If this is actually a typo, I did not expect to find one here, of all places 😲

    • ApostropheQueen says:

      Hey Nico, thanks so much for getting in touch!

      I just worked out you meant the typo was the word “story” which should have been “store” — so I’ve fixed that now and it’s all sorted. 🙂

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