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2017-03-28 General Writing and Grammar Help - Speak ill of someone:

Dear Paolo:      Is the phrase/expression "to speak ill of someone" commonly used in the U.S.?    *** Yes, it is often used.    Also, are there other ways to express this concept?    *** Here is a list:

2017-03-28 General Writing and Grammar Help - Drop in for - drop by for:

Dear Paolo:    Which of the following phrases is correct?    1) To drop in for a cup of tea    2) To drop by for a cup of tea    If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?    *** As I explained

2017-03-27 General Writing and Grammar Help - Mad at someone - mad with someone:

Dear Paolo:    These preposition question are having a bad effect on me.   It is so difficult to explain differences, especially when the differences, if any, are so slight that no one notices them.  

2017-03-27 General Writing and Grammar Help - Drop by - drop in:

Dear Paolo:    If both are correct, is there any difference between "to drop BY for something" and "to drop IN for something"?    They really mean the same thing.  If you want to be very picky, you could

2017-03-26 General Writing and Grammar Help - Talk about - talk of:

Dear Paolo:    I can't seem to get caught up to date with your questions, Paolo.      ******    Is it "to talk ABOUT something" or "to talk OF something"?    If both are possible, do they mean the same

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