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Word of the Month

Wrest (verb). To forcibly pull something away; to take control of something.
She managed to wrest control from the mayor, after a hard-fought campaign.
Maury had to wrest his iPad from his little sister's grubby hands.

 

Tip of the Month

Prepositions can be challenging; and finding the right one can be a bear. I struggled recently with making a choice. Should I use "by" or "from" in this sentence?
     There may be an appearance [by or from] our mascot at the game.

In the passive voice, the word "by" indicates who is doing the action.
     For example: I enjoyed the performance by our school orchestra last week.

The word "from" is used to express the origin of something.
     For example: These apples are from Montgomery County.

Therefore, the right word for this sentence is “by.”
     There may be an appearance by our mascot at the game.

 

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