Category: Usage


historic vs. historical

Oxford Dictionaries Grammar Rules

Historic and historical are used in slightly different ways.

Historic means ‘famous or important in history’, as in a historic occasion, whereas historical means ‘concerning history or historical events’, as in historical evidence; thus, a historic event is one that was very important, whereas a historical event is something that happened in the past.

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parentheses vs. dash


The Parentheses

Parentheses are used to separate explanatory or qualifying remarks in a sentence. However, content within parentheses is typically not necessary to fully understanding the sentence. For example, “The summer solstice (between June 20 and June 22) is the longest day of the year.” Using parentheses to interject the possible dates of the solstice, as they vary from year to year, adds to the complete understanding of this sentence. But those dates are not strictly necessary; the sentence was fine without them.Read more…