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Grammatical pitfalls

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Steer clear of these three grammatical pitfalls:

1. "None": It is always singular, never plural. Example: “None of them is as qualified as I am.”

2. Learn when to use “lie” vs. “lay.” They’re not interchangeable. I “lie down” right now and “lay down” yesterday. However, if there’s an object involved, it’s “lay” and “laid.” Example: “When he’d finished, he laid the pencil on his desk.”

3. It’s “between you and me.” Insecure speakers favor “you and I” because it sounds formal, but “me” is correct because it’s the object of the preposition “between.”

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