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That/Where

Do not use where to replace that. This mistake is common with verbs like read or see. Incorrect: Joanna saw where the president was coming to town. (Unless you mean she saw the place he was coming to!) Correct: Joanna saw that the president was coming to town.

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Ways after A

Ways is plural. The article a is singular. They do not belong together. Incorrect: The truck stop is a little ways down the road. Correct: The truck stop is a little way down the road.

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Well/Good

Good is an adjective. It describes nouns or pronouns. It may be used with descriptive linking verbs like look, feel, sound, taste, or be to describe the subject. Incorrect: The coffee tasted well this morning. Correct: The coffee tasted good this morning. Correct: The pitcher is looking good today. Well is normally an adverb. It

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That/Which/Who

That, which, and who when used as relative pronouns each has a distinct function. In modern speech, which refers only to things. Who (or its forms whom and whose) refers only to people. That normally refers to things but it may refer to a class or type of person. Examples: That is a book which

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