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Usage Woes and Myths

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 20:00

Time: 9 am–4 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre

You’ve sorted out imply and infer. You know it’s not all right to use alright. But what about more troublesome usage points, like the difference between may and might? Or such commonly misused words as dilemma and fulsome? Is it true that you should always change though to although, till to until? Is impact now officially a verb? For anyone intent on preventing (not avoiding) word errors and avoiding (not preventing) usage myths, this seminar will help. We’ll take an up-to-date look at some of the most misunderstood and contentious points of English usage, and identify helpful guides and other resources. Bring your top usage questions to share with the group.

Frances Peck has been an editor and writer for over 20 years. Author of Peck’s English Pointers and a co-author of the HyperGrammar website, she teaches editing at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University and gives workshops across Canada. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and a member of the EAC-BC executive.


  • EAC member: $140 ($120 early bird)
  • Non-member: $200 ($180 early bird)