Not surprisingly, this is a very popular question.
After reading the following post, nod your head (if you get it and agree with it). Afterward, convince yourself to always write “until" (5 letters), instead of "till" (4 letters), "'till" (5 characters), "'til" (4 characters), "til" (3 letters), or "'til" (4 characters). "Until" is barely longer than all of the other options, and more importantly, no one will be tempted to go all Grammar Nazi on your usage.
Here is the answer to your question:
You will undoubtedly find “'til" in published works, but those are likely to be novels and other fictional works, i.e., in less formal settings. You are unlikely to find it in a newspaper article or a Ph.D. dissertation.
Until next time …
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Hey! Is it s-form or base-form after words like someone, anyone, somebody? And, how about people? Should I use s-form or base-form?
“Someone,” “anyone,” “somebody," "nobody,” and “no one" are all singular:
- Is someone going to answer the question?
- Nobody was home when we called.
- I will ignore anyone who tells me to apply to medical school.
- No one has discovered Atlantis yet.
- Somebody is at the door.
“People" is plural:
- People are so cynical these days.
- Too many people write bad screenplays.
- Funny people make me laugh.
Which is right? "I'll pick you up" or "I'll picked you up?"
"I’ll pick you up.”
"I’ll pick you up.” = “I will pick you up.”
You can’t use “will” followed by a past tense verb, e.g., picked.
These are right:
- I’ll sing a song.
- I’ll write a book.
- I’ll kick the ball.
These are wrong:
- I’ll sang a song.
- I’ll wrote a book.
- I’ll kicked the ball.
"I’ll pick you up at noon.” – Niall Horan #notarealquote
Difference between "aloud" and "out loud"? Thanks! x
“Aloud” is the more formal version of “out loud.” They mean the same thing.
“Out loud” is a perfectly legitimate word that can be used on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, text messages, and in other informal settings. If you’re writing an essay or research paper for school, use “aloud" instead.
Having said that, not many teachers will think less of you for choosing to use “out loud” instead of “aloud.”
(And since “out loud” is so mainstream, show your hipster diction by employing “aloud” in your writing.)
Hey! What's up with "can" vs. "could"? Especially used in a request like "can you ...." Vs "could you..." Thanks!
“Can you … ” and “Could you … ” are (obviously) used in questions.
Sometimes, “Can you … ” is used to ask if someone has the ability to do something:
But “Can you … ” is also used when you’re asking someone to do something. In those cases, “Can you … ” and “Could you … ” mean the same thing, but “Could you … ” is considered more polite.
Define "goody two-shoes"
The term “goody two-shoes," which originated from this story, is now generally an informal, derogatory term that is used to describe someone who does the following:
- Does good deeds, says kind words, and teaches moral lessons—and makes a big show of it;
- Always chooses the “good side” and avoids the “bad side”;
- Tries to behave better than anyone else.
Check out these sentences for references:
- Julie is such a goody two-shoes: she always tattles on her classmates to the teacher.
- My six-year-old cousin is a goody two-shoes: all he does is read classic novels, study Greek, and eat his vegetables.
- Don’t be such a goody two-shoes: reading the Harry Potter books isn’t going to corrupt your soul.
What's up with "anyway" and "anyways"? Thanks!
The difference between “anyway" and "anyways" boils down to the difference between spoken and written English.
In spoken English, we get away with using “anyways" all the time. Why? Because most of us don’t have the Grammar Police correcting every little mistake we make in conversational English. (And because no one corrects us, we assume that it’s right.)
To recap, “anyway" is considered standard: "I laughed at his joke anyway.”
“Anyways" is considered an informal variant of "anyway.” It should only be used in informal contexts, i.e., not in school papers. Get into the habit of using “anyway” even in your text messages, tweets, and Facebook and Tumblr posts.
I hope this isn’t happening to any of you taking the SAT today. :-P