Archive | March, 2014

Prepositions and phrasals

The J-school is at 219 West 40th Street, but on 40th Street. It’s in Manhattan, but on the West Side. Students live in apartments or buildings anywhere they can afford. On this island, they live in the Village, SoHo or TriBeCa; on the Upper East Side or Upper West Side; in Morningside Heights, Harlem, Washington Heights or […]

Saying and telling

The verbs say, tell, talk and speak all have to do with communication. The differences are subtle, and non-native English-speakers often confuse the words. Since they’re so often used with quotations — the building blocks of journalism — it’s especially important for journalists to get them right. Which one to use in a particular sentence depends on […]