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Warranty/Warrantee/Warrant

A warranty (accent on first syllable) is a guarantee. A warrantee (accent on last syllable) is a person or party who is guaranteed something. Neither word is used as a verb. The verb form is warrant.

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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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