Ask the wise old owl
Here you will find my wise old owl’s answers to questions about the English language. This series was previously called “Questions from my learners”.
The difference between below, beneath, under, and underneath
Tips and hints
Advise or advice?
Principle or principal?
Words that come after look
Person, people, persons or peoples?
Most or the most?
Didn’t need to or needn’t have?
Convince or persuade?
Mustn’t or don’t need to?
What is the Oxford comma and do I need to use it?
What do i.e. and e.g. mean?
Bought or brought?
What’s the difference between which and that?
“used to” or “be used to”
Affect or effect?
A useful book or an useful book?
What’s the difference between “if” and “whether”?
Should it be every day or everyday?
What’s the difference between lay and lie?
When don’t you add an “s” to words to show that they are plural?
Why do you keep correcting me when I write “myself”?
Why do you keep crossing out the word “do” in my writing?
Why is it wrong to say “during I was on holiday”?
Your questions for the wise old owl
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