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I enjoyed a newspaper article recently looking at the quirks of the language, with popular misconceptions,  malapropisms and genuine shops names. (My favourites were Sellfridges fridge shop in Stoke Newington and Napoleon Boiler Parts in Hampshire). Best of all was...
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I ran a new course on Thursday for a PR company. The one-day workshop  was a blend of media training and writing skills. We looked at examples of bad press releases, discussed how to pitch to journalists and debated whether...
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This is a question I have been asked several times. It crops up so much I now include an explanation of the difference between the two words in our Sentence Works courses. I think the confusion arises because the prefixes...
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It’s just over a week until the kids put on their skeleton costumes, grab their swagbags and frighten the life out the locals at Halloween. Or is it Hallowe’en? The event was originally known as All Hallows Even, later simply...
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There was a great story in my local paper last week about a former sub-editor who is appearing in the 2015 Dull Men’s Club calendar. Former Argus man John Richards, 91, founded the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001. His aim...
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Grammar.  Punctuation.  Writing exercises. Spelling. The terms above might fill you with dread.  You may well know, deep down, that you could benefit from a writing course.  However, you could well be horrified by the idea of spending a whole...
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Here at The Sentence Works Towers we do love to write. And hopefully whatever we write, we make sure we do it well. But we appreciate that not everyone enjoys this process quite as much. That could even apply to...
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I was editing a huge document for a blue chip company when the idea of The Sentence Works occurred to me. It might have been something to do with the fact I’d spent the morning rewriting several extremely long and...
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My older son Kit, who’s nine, bears the brunt of my obsession with the English language. “It’s brought, not brung”, I correct him (several times a week). “We say written, not writ.” Most of the time, he puts up with...
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I feel in a tricky position at the moment. So any advice and wise words would be very helpful. My son has just started Year 3 and has spelling homework for the first time. The teacher printed out a note...
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I’m the sort of person who likes to plan ahead so I’m already thinking of where to go on holiday next year. I’ve been reading my way through hotel reviews on Trip Advisor and am amazed at the number of...
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It was interesting to read the story in today’s papers about teachers struggling with English grammar. Grammar teaching has gone in and out of fashion throughout the years. As a result, some people can instantly explain what a subordinate clause...
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