No! Don’t listen to Obi-Wan! Don’t 'move along.' It’s time we face the music on these words, because we tend to spell (and say) their plural forms incorrectly. When I see these in clients' files, it takes time to correct them. Of course, this means more cost to the writer. If you keep an eye out for these plural puzzlers, you can save time and money when … [Read more...] about Plural Puzzlers
OK. You’ve received a digital hand slap from your online English instructor, or the teacher at your school 'bled all over' your report in red ink. The comment was something about needing 'parallel structure' on your lists. What in the world is parallel structure ? It’s a fancy way to say the structure of those lists must ‘match.’ Check out this example … [Read more...] about WHAT is ‘parallel structure’ ?!
“What did I say? Did I start that sentence ... with ... ‘actually’?” Not Kathie York, the grammar doyenne! Surely not. Unfortunately, Mrs. York’s Mr. York – with a twinkle in his eye because he’d caught me in a word-filler faux pas – corroborated it: “Yes, you began that sentence with ‘actually’.” I’ve been known to start over to say things properly. It … [Read more...] about ‘Actually’ + ‘Literally’ = Yikes!
As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions from people concerning writing and grammar. Tidbits, here and there. Nothing formal. I decided to pop three items into this post: "So … what the heck do 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' mean?" "Have the semicolon rules changed?" “When does 'its' have an apostrophe?” "So … what the heck do 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' … [Read more...] about Helpful Tidbits from the Writing World