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In after Want

The verb want is not supposed to be followed by an adverb or preposition indicating direction such as in, out, up, off or down. When using standard English, complete the sentence by including the words left out of such expressions as want in or want down. Incorrect: He wants out of the contract. Correct: He

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Less/Littler (More Little)

The word little can be used in two different senses–meaning “small in size” or “small amount of.” Examples: He was still a little boy. (small in size) Please give me a little milk. (small amount of) This becomes trickier in the comparative and superlative because little has two different forms. If little means “small in

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Gone is the past participle of to go. Used as the verb of a sentence, it must always be preceded by an auxiliary verb such as has, have, had, is, am, are, was, were, be, or one of their contractions. Went is the past tense of to go. It never takes an auxiliary verb. Incorrect:

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Incisive literally means “cutting into.” Figuratively, it means acute, sharp, or trenchant. The adverb form is incisively; the noun form, incisiveness. Decisive comes from the word decide and means “conclusive, putting an end to debate.” It can also mean “prompt” or “positive.” The adverb form is decisively;the noun form, decisiveness.

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Like is a preposition. It should be followed by an object to make a prepositional phrase. As is a conjunction. It should be followed by a clause containing a subject and a verb. Incorrect: He runs like a gazelle does. (Like is followed by a clause.) Correct: He runs like a gazelle. Correct: He runs

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