Although it has been a couple of weeks since Warren Beatty’s February 26 Oscar flub, I’m still seeing advice about how he should have handled it. This hit my email box from a newsletter I subscribe to that offers tips and advice for speakers: ContinueLike it? Share it!
I love writing, rewriting, and rewriting a sentence or paragraph until it says exactly what I want it to say in the manner I want to say it — commas, em dashes, capital letters, italics and all.
It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone.
In celebration of March 4 National Grammar Day 2017, I offer this selection of thoughts by like-minded people who agree: Yes, grammar still matters.
“Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.”
— Jeffrey Gitomer, American author and business trainer Continue
My book, Grammar for People Who Hate Rules, addresses four scenarios of this often used — and often misused — punctuation mark: with Latin abbreviations (chapter 29), with academic degrees (chapter 30), with conjunctions (chapter 41), and with but (chapter 42).
This post focuses on commas when they are used to separate clauses, both independent and dependent. ContinueLike it? Share it!
This post’s seven headlines comprise three good and four bad examples that involve correct word use, incorrect word use, and redundancies.
One headline boasts a double whammy: two grammatical errors in just nine words!
Please know that the frequent appearance of the name Trump is simply due to the fact that so many headlines have been and continue to be about him. ContinueLike it? Share it!
Some think whom sounds stuffy and pretentious.
When did proper grammar become stuffy? I think that’s an excuse made by people who don’t know the difference.
Does anyone criticize Ernest Hemingway for using whom in the title of his famous novel For Whom The Bell Tolls?
Here are four guidelines to help you recognize whether to use who or whom: ContinueLike it? Share it!
A reader wonders which is right, and as is often the case with English, there are differing opinions.
My primary and preferred resource, The Associated Press Stylebook, suggests using proven only as an adjective, which describes or tells more about a noun.
Some claim that chicken soup is a proven remedy for a cold.
She has a proven record of success.
The band has a proven level of popularity.
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If you recognized setup as incorrect (it should be set up), good for you! You have a better sense of grammar than the person who wrote the headline.
When a verb such as set is used with a preposition such as up, it is called a phrasal verb: set up. Combining a verb with an adverb also creates a phrasal verb: cut back.
But when the elements of the phrasal verb are combined and expressed as one word, they create a noun: set up / setup | cut back / cutback | break down / breakdown.
Each of the following examples has two sentences. The first uses a phrasal verb (two words), and the second uses a noun — a single word created by a verb and a preposition. (Exception: cut in No. 4 is followed by the adverb back.) ContinueLike it? Share it!
The Oxford English Dictionary listed 1,346 new words as of September 2016. Yikes!
So do I.
Are you sometimes so bombarded by messages from every source — human and electronic — that you’re on constant overload?
So am I.
With the amount of communication we all need to process daily, we owe it to each other to make our messages concise. That means avoiding redundancies.
Reminder: To see if a word might be redundant, question whether it is necessary for the reader to understand your message:
Because I often see benefitted and benefitting, I decided it was time to check other grammar sources:
The Associated Press Stylebook
The Chicago Manual of Style
Webster’s New World College Dictionary
All five agree that you generally double the final consonant and add ed or ing to words that end with a consonant: ContinueLike it? Share it!