Many writers and speakers are confused about whether something is irony or coincidence. They both involve a relationship between constructed or real-life events but the two are, in fact, totally different.Continue reading “Is That Irony Or Coincidence?”
Don’t ‘measure the measurer’. Advertisers are major culprits but you might have seen this type of error in other places. What does it mean?
It’s such a common mistake, you mightn’t even realise why it’s wrong.
Let me explain.Continue reading “Don’t Measure The Measurer”
There’s something wrong with each of these sentences:
A huge amount of ideas came up in the meeting.
We can cater for any amount of people.
They were disappointed with the amount of mistakes in the text.
The amount of people who came were amazing.
Can you work out what it is?
If you’re not sure, then read on….Continue reading “Countable Nouns: A Handy Writing Tip￼”
There’s a definite art to creating a dot point list and some of the skill involved is about the visual choices you make. But there are some other things to consider, too.Continue reading “The Art Of The Dot Point List”
Have you had ever had trouble deciding whether to use ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘myself’ in a sentence?
It’s pretty easy to make a mistake, especially when speaking. It’s also easy to avoid making an error when you know a couple of easy tricks.Continue reading “I, Me Or Myself?”
The plural solution is often an easy way to turn a faulty sentence into a better one.
In this sentence (from a novel) the fault is the non-agreement of the noun and the possessive adjective that refers to it:
In a lot of murder cases, it transpired that the victim knew their attacker.
How would you fix it?Continue reading “The Plural Solution, And More”
Wondering how to use quotation marks correctly? My clients often tell me they aren’t completely sure. Should they be “double” or ‘single’? Which type is better, and in which circumstances? It can be a bit tricky, but it all depends on what you want quotation marks to do.Continue reading “How To Use Quotation Marks”