QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Sentence Diagram
K.W., a Denver reader, writes:
“Could we readers have some instruction on the use of ‘it’s’ and ‘its’? And ‘any more’ and ‘anymore’–one word or two?”
It. It’s a settled matter how its uses differ.
Anymore.  The British tend to stay with two words. But in the U.S., any more than one word, when used as an adverb, isn’t necessary anymore.
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that it isn’t “a penny for your thoughts,” but “a penny for your thought”?
Not yet.
But we’re getting there.

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Asteroid of the month

Asteroid
News Headline:
“Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was last May.
And has it been nearly a month since a bus-sized asteroid came dangerously close?
Nah. Two weeks.
Asteroid 2015 GU was discovered late Saturday.
It passed Sunday between Earth and the moon.
A little closer to Earth than the moon, best we can tell.

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