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2017-03-21 General Writing and Grammar Help - Hit out at someone - Lash out at someone:

Dear Paolo:      Is it correct to say that "hit out at someone" and "lash out at someone" are synonyms?    *** They mean the same.  Frankly, even though "hit out at" is in many dictionaries, I have  never

2017-03-20 General Writing and Grammar Help - On the subject - on the topic:

Dear Paolo:      Are "to be on the subject" and "to be on the topic" synonyms?    If not, when should I use each of them?    **** They are synonyms.  Which one to use depends on your context.  [SEE BELOW]

2017-03-20 General Writing and Grammar Help - Have time to do something - have the time to do something:

Dear Paolo:    I was concerned about your absence.  I hope you are well.    *****    Is it "to have time to do something" or "to have THE time to do something"?    If both are possible, do they mean the

2017-03-14 General Writing and Grammar Help - For me - to me:

Dear Paolo:    Either FOR or TO can be used.  The difference depends on the context.  You send me questions that do not have the context, making it difficult for me to tell you what the difference is.

2017-03-11 General Writing and Grammar Help - Make the headlines - make the news:

Dear Paolo:    Is there a difference between "to make the headlines" and "to make the news"?    If so, when should I use each of them?    Would you please give me some examples?    By the way, is it "to

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