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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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2017-03-27 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 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 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

2017-03-26 Freak out:

Dear Paolo:    Is "to freak out" a synonym for "to go insane"?    *** It CAN be, in some circumstances.  But, the usual meaning of "freak out" is to get very upset over something, to the point that you

2017-03-25 Fall apart - fall to pieces:

Dear Paolo:    Are "to fall apart" and "to fall to pieces" synonyms?    ***   They can be, but it all depends on the context.    Here are some examples:    President Trump's health care legislation FELL


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