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Tactics/Strategy

Tactics is the science and art of handling troops and military units in the presence of the enemy. By extension, it can mean any maneuvering or adroit device to accomplish a goal. The adjective form is tactical. As an illustration, the military term tactical unit refers to the largest group of troops or troops and

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Unique (and Other Absolute Modifiers)

Unique means “one of a kind.” Therefore, comparatives, superlatives, and words like very, so, or extremely should not be used to modify it. If it is one of a kind, it cannot be compared! Incorrect: He is a very unique personality. Correct: He is a unique personality. This same logic applies to other words which

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Take/Bring

Bring means “to carry to a nearer place from a more distant one.” Take means the opposite: “To carry to a more distant place from a nearer one.” Examples: Bring that file over here. Take this package to the post office. The past and the past participle of bring is brought. Brang and brung are

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Used to/Use to

The common expressions supposed to meaning “meant to” or “intended to” and used to meaning “formerly” are frequently misspelled or misunderstood. Both expression are normally in the Passive Voice. This means that the verb is the past participle so it ends with an -ed. Writers sometimes drop the final d because of the t sound

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