Posts filed under: Editing

At the end of every Sentence Works course, we have a little section on spelling.  Although most people groan, it’s actually one of the most entertaining parts of the day.  It’s also the time I get the doughnuts out, which...
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I love cats and my husband pretends to, so I thought I’d found the perfect Valentine’s Day card. There was a picture of a lovely cute cat on it, but then came the bit that ruined it. If I was...
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I’m a big believer in short sentences. One of the first exercises we do at my workshops is to take some examples of really long sentences. These come from various sources – a website, a newsletter, an email and a...
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If you’ve ever had to write to a particular word limit, you’ll know it’s easier to write too much than too little. And when that you do go over the word limit, you’ll be faced with an agonising decision about...
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My 12 year old son is mulling over whether to do Latin in school. I did Latin at O level (yes, I’m that old) and it was my favourite subject. If you’re a language fiend, like I am, it’s a...
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When people find out what I do for a living, they often ask me a grammar question. I’m never quite sure whether it’s to catch me out, or whether it’s something that’s been bothering them for a while but they...
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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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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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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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