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Grammarist writer

Sarah Belliston’s love for grammar dates back to fond memories of diagramming sentences in elementary school. After receiving her BA in English, she used her grammar knowledge in positions at Michigan State University and the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. Besides writing here at Grammarist, Sarah is a freelance editor for fiction, nonfiction, and academic works. She also writes fiction for children and adults.

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Examples policy

In most of our posts, we provide examples of words and phrases used in context. We are interested in these examples only for the language they contain, and our inclusion of a quote from an outside source does not constitute an endorsement of the substance of the quote. In fact, we try to include examples from a wide variety of sources, including some that we personally dislike. If you are offended by anything contained in one of our examples, take it up with the source.

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We are responsible for all the content contained on this site, so we delete all comments that we don’t want associated with our work. We will delete your comment if you do any of these things:

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  • Assert that any variety of English is inherently inferior or superior to any other

We don’t delete comments just because we disagree with them. We love comments that are reasoned, respectful of others, and carefully thought out, and we love comments that advance the discussion by providing additional ideas, evidence, or examples.

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