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August 2014:

Does "To whom it may concern" need capitals?
Does "the Report" need the capital?
How do you write times?

July 2014:

"Bases" versus "basis"
"Assume" versus "presume"
How do we write compass directions?

May 2014:

Doubled punctuation at the end of a sentence
The use of "statewide"
Avoid "/" for listing alternatives

April 2014:

How many punctuation marks can you name?
Should I use diacritical marks?
"Supranumerary" or "Supernumerary"?
"Titled" or "entitled"

March 2014:

"Consists" versus "comprises"
"Evidently" versus "evidentially"
Choosing between "is" and "are"

February 2014:

Simplifying "Is it not better to ..."
Are "envy" and "jealousy" the same?
"Botanic gardens" versus "botanical gardens"

December 2013:

What's the past tense of "input"?
Neatly formatting long web addresses
Biases, new words and twerking!

November 2013:

"In" versus "on"
"Alright" versus "all right"
Encouraging children to read is a very good thing

October 2013:

iPad apps for keen readers
"Bored by" or "bored of"?
"Me" or "myself"?

September 2013:

How should we capitalise lower-case trademarks?
"Sooner" or "earlier"? "Less" or "fewer"?
Should we use "i.e." and "e.g."?

August 2013:

Do you say "my word on it" or "my word for it"?
How do I use the ellipsis (...)?
"Bald faced" or "bare faced", "web site" or "website"?

July 2013:

Should I use "a" or "an" in front of an acronym?
What's the plural of SMS?
A quick apostrophe question

June 2013:

Rules for using "I" and "me"
"Monies" or "moneys"?
Writing numbers as words