Posts filed under: Editing

Exclamation marks are a form of shouting – journalists call them screamers for a good reason.  And if you’re writing for professional purposes, you don’t want to shout. After all, you wouldn’t shout at the person if you were phoning...
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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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Many people were taught at school that you shouldn’t begin a sentence with either of these two words. It’s something that still causes heated debate. The thinking behind this was, I believe, that and and but are co-ordinating conjunctions –...
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Get this one wrong and the Grammar Police will be after you. The people who know the rule get really frustrated with those who don’t! Here I am explaining when to use less and when to use fewer so you’ll...
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In English, there are many pairs of words that sound similar, leaving people confused about which one to use. But they can mean very different things. There’s a quiz on our Facebook Page with examples of six of these. How...
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If you listen to children describing something, you can often pick up a common mistake. It’s one that many of us keep on making when we reach a business setting. Kids may describe a film they have just seen as...
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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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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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There are many words in our language that seem to be interchangeable but actually have subtle differences in meaning. Have you ever stopped to think about the difference between continuous and continual, for instance? They don’t actually mean the same...
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