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Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl)
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Attended University of Washington
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The Surprising Power of Facebook Comments—According to Science 
Step away from the Like button: You’ve got to actually type something for your message to be meaningful.
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Start the school year off right with a new backpack, books, and supplies! Enter for a chance to win in this Quick and Dirty Tips back-to-school sweepstakes (US & Canada only)
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What a nice surprise to see that Grammar Girl was included in this list!
From the basics of good grammar to the fine-tuning of a masterpiece, you can glean some impressive inside intel from these 12 Twitter accounts.
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People on my feeds were delighted last night when Joe Biden used the word "malarkey."
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I don't think you're allowed to use that word unless you have white or gray hair. ;)
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How authors use Reddit to promote their books
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The e-book of my NYT bestseller is on sale for $2.99. Get it while it's cheap! Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips:

(I'm not certain, but it's probably only that price in the US stores.)
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1937: When football coaches (at least one!) cared about grammar.
FROM DAYS GONE BY (1937) Everyone wants to know what's expected of them, and even football coaches can see that the right wording helps—or at least they used to. In 1937, Gil Dobie, coach of the Boston College football team (and a former Cornell tutor) raised the issue of poor wri
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Honored to kick off Season 2 of Podcast Junkies with Harry Duran. Listen here:
Listen Now Here’s the Recap: Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Grammar Girl and the Quick and Dirty Tips Podcast Network, and teaches media entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno. On this episode, Mignon and I discuss some of the consequences of social media, The Elements of Style, and whether there's a right or wrong way to speaking the English language. What We Covered: 05:00 - Mignon is celebrating her 10 year podcast anniversary!...
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Hi, can I ask a question here...? I don't know the proper way to ask you a question. I'm a huge fan of your podcast. I'm an english learner from Seoul, South Korea. Your podcast is helping me a lot.

I just wonder is there an any rule for questions including "do you think" in the middle a sentence.

For exmaple, 1)Who do you think is he? 2)Who do you think he is? 3)Who do you think are you? 4)Who do you think you are?
1),2),4) sound right to my ears but 3) sounds weird.
It got me wondering 'is there a grammar rule for this?'

I can ask questions without "do you think". I can ask "who is he?" instead of "who do you think is he?" or "who do you think he is?" but sometimes I want to ask a subtle question.
I know you don't know who that person is for sure. I just want to know your guess on who that person might be.

In this kind of cases I use questions including "do you think". Usually people I converse with get meanings when I ask them. But I just wonder is there an any rule for this.. like an word order.

Please please let me know if there's a grammar rule.. I'm a little desperate to know.

And I'm really really sorry that I'm posting this ugly long inquiry on a comment section here.
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An interview in which, loopy on Imitrex, I sang and told all my deepest Christmas secrets (and talked about some Christmas-related grammar).
Just in time for back to school, legendary educational podcaster Mignon Fogarty joins us for a discussion of Christmas Grammar. Topics include the language of Christmas carols, properly formatting …
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The 1 Thing Couples Regret Not Registering For

(Last week I was reflecting that our food processor is the wedding gift I still use the most. What gift do you still use years later?)
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It’s Cheaper to Cruise for a Year Than Live in These Cities
(This reminds me of a story a few years ago about how it was cheaper to live on a cruise ship than in a retirement home.)
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"Affect" of "Effect"? Here's the quick tip I've been giving in talks for years. If you want more, the article has all the details and exceptions.
When to use "affect" or "effect" is the most common question I get asked. Here is an expanded episode.
I get asked whether to use affect or effect all the time, and it is by far the most requested grammar topic, so I have a few memory tricks to help you remember. What Is the Difference Between 'Affect' and 'Effect'? Before we get to the memory trick though, I want to explain
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+Jim Philips I've run into that problem myself trying to explain the exceptions to colleagues a few times, Jim. I've edited a lot of medical and pharmaceutical writing during my career, and the tricks don't really work in those instances. But you'll see Mignon has several pages to her article that deal with each exception.

You'll still get stares from other editors if you pause and ask if you're using the correct version, but it's usually because they have very little experience with the exceptions.
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Grammar Girl and so much more
I'm Grammar Girl and so much more.
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Founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network, creator and host of the Grammar Girl podcast. Since they call this section "bragging rights," I'll mention that I was once a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, my first book was a New York Times bestseller, and my audiobook was nominated for an Audie award. My book "Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students" was named to the International Reading Association’s 2012 Teachers’ Choice book list.
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  • Stanford University
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Mignon Coughlin
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  • University of Nevada, Reno
    Chair of Media Entrepreneurship, 2014 - present
    Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Media Entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism
  • Grammar Girl
    Founder, 2007 - present
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