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When we talk about apostrophes on Sentence Works courses, this is one that’s hotly debated. I’ve noticed that most cards say “Happy Mother’s Day”. I’ve never been convinced this is right because the apostrophe suggests that the card is referring...
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If you have been asked to interview someone for a story in a company newsletter, press release, blog or some other web content, it can feel pretty daunting if you haven’t done it before. In a way it’s a ‘chat’...
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Here are 10 signs that your love of grammar is taking over your life. Are any of them familiar? 1.     You find yourself correcting your friends and colleagues when they use “less” instead of “fewer”- and don’t apologise when you...
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Many of us are trying to lose the flab after Christmas – but have you ever thought of applying that to your writing? There’s no excuse for flabby writing. Unnecessary words can annoy your reader by increasing the time they...
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Many of us spend ages trying to think of a brilliant introduction to our blogs and that’s absolutely the right thing to do. A good intro will grab the reader’s attention, making them want to read on. If your intro...
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I was training a group from a local law firm last month and we were discussing spelling. We weren’t scheduled to cover spelling but it’s amazing how it always comes up. One of the delegates said she could never remember...
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With our 11 year son about to take his primary school SAT tests, grammar’s no laughing matter in our house at the moment. My poor boy is trying to remember the difference between active and passive,  work out what a...
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I’ve been doing lots of work on spelling with my 11 year old son ahead of the dreaded SATS. It’s actually been really interesting as I’ve tried to come up with strategies to help him remember how to spell tricky...
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Delegates on the workshop I’m co-running in Bristol today (media skills and press release writing, in case you were wondering) might notice there’s a real spring in my step. After my birthday, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and any day Watford...
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I’m often asked to help people write their blogs. It can be one for a charity, related to their hobby or a very personal one about their take on life. But I’m asked to cast my eye over the blogs...
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I had a letter published in my local newspaper yesterday. It’s only the second one I’ve ever written to them, and I have a 100% success rate so far. Without trying to sound smug, I was confident it would be...
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One mistake I see time and time again is apostrophes being used incorrectly with plurals. Many people are just not sure where the apostrophe needs to go when referring, for instance, to men, children and people. The rule is actually...
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