If you somehow missed it, here are three examples of coverage:
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!
In active voice, the subject of the sentence clearly is the doer of the action.
In passive voice, the doer of the action is identified in an indirect way.
Active voice is more lively and easier to read. It helps prevent wordy, convoluted sentences: 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!
And what about impactful? Is it even a word?
The American Heritage Dictionary points out that impact as a verb dates to the early 1600s. What happened between then and now?
Language evolves. Because so many among us dislike impact in verb form, instead preferring affect or influence, you as a writer must decide whether using phrases such as “Cutting prices will impact sales,” or “How will regulation impact water quality?” is worth the scrutiny.
In my online research, I discovered a reader who acknowledges that negative feelings about impact as a verb run deep: ContinueLike it? Share it!
If you love words, you know how confusing the English language can be.
Consider this simple choice. Would you say:
Over a dozen skiers flew over the jump.
Or would you say:
More than a dozen skiers made it over the jump. Continue
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 fact of the matter is … At the end of the day … He sucked all the oxygen out of the room …
A cliché is a phrase that is overused and lacks original thought. It could once have had meaning and novelty, but both of those characteristics have been lost through years of repetition.
Why should you avoid clichés? ContinueLike it? Share it!