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
One of the things I especially like about having my own proofing business is the ability to help when a volunteer group needs a newsletter or, perhaps, a final look-see for a website. This is one place I’m able to ‘give back to the community,’ as well as help someone who is in panic mode. For example, the person who shows up at meetings and takes good … [Read more...] about “Can I use ‘their’ in sentences ?”
Remember our English teachers’ complaints when we put too much information into one sentence, stringing it together with a bunch of ‘…and then…’s? “We went to the park and then we went to the store and then we went home.” Oof! I ran out of breath on that one. Although we could fix this with semicolons (“We went to the park; then we …”), I’m not a huge fan … [Read more...] about Diametrically Opposed: Run-ons and Fragments
“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