My principal wrote in a newsletter "Unhealthy snacks will not be allowed..." Since I was in charge of the newsletter, I made this correction "Unhealthful snacks will not be allowed..." The next day, I got a note from a school administrator questioning "unhealthful." I wrote her back saying "unhealthy" pertains to living things. Who is right?
On the same page of the newsletter, my principal wrote "see you all during parent-teacher conference on March 15-16..." Since I read somewhere that if the year is not mentioned, make it "in March 15-16." Who is right?
The matter of fact is that those two adjectives are used almost interchangeably and let's have a look at the definitions: (Guru dict.)
Originally Posted by dlantoria
Unhealthy -Causing or conducive to poor health,being in a state of ill health
unhealthful - Causing or conducive to poor health
I think both are fine as far as I can see. No difference.
Not that I want to side with your principal but in March 15th doesn't sound all right.
on is used in regards to days.
At a time. (at 2:30)
On a day. (on Tuesday, March 15th)
In a month, year, century, etc. (in March, in 1957, in the 21st century)
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