Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Quiet Cigarette

I am a great fan of murder mysteries, and in one that I read several months ago, I came across this sentence: The steward was outside the laundry, enjoying a quiet cigarette. My mind promptly seized on a quiet cigarette, … Continue reading

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Double Possessive

Last week, I received this question from Cherie: Which is correct? the College’s associate’s degree programs or the College’s associate degree programs? First things first. If the college uses associate degree programs, I’d recommend: The college’s associate degree programs. If … Continue reading

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