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The Totally Correct Way to Use “Total”

By using total, I don’t mean the breakfast cereal.

First of all, when using various forms of the word, DO NOT DOUBLE THE “L!” The correct spellings are totaled and totaling.

Secondly, sometimes using total is redundant: The arena seated a total of 20,000 people. All you need is the number.

And while  A total of  650 people attended the event is a correct sentence, you still could start with just the number: Six hundred and fifty people attended the event.

So be careful with your totals or you’re likely to find yourself going down a redundant street. Either that or you’re getting 100% recommended daily allowance of several vitamins and minerals.

Until next time! Use the right words!


July 2, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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