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“premise” vs. “premises”


This is a repeat of an August 27th post to correct an oversight on one word…thanks to sharp-eyed reader Adam.

Notice to dumbasses of the world!


These are two of the most commonly misunderstood words in the English language; they're even used incorrectly in trade publications — by "professional" writers and editors, as well as on signage. The difference is very simple, so there should be no confusion.


The wrong usage…dumbass example:


premise A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.


premises 1. Land and the buildings on it.

          2. A building or part of a building.


The word "premises" is not a plural for "premise." Get over it…get with the program! Smarten-up your language skills — editors and everybody else!

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