Posts filed under: Grammar and punctuation

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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I was pleased to read an article in Saturday’s Times about the autocorrect on iPhones helping to ensure apostrophes are used appropriately. Even if the user doesn’t really know how to use an apostrophe, the autocorrect slips it in (or...
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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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I was on holiday in Dorset last week and while it was lovely to take a break, I couldn’t quite switch off. I drove the kids mad by pointing out punctuation and grammar mistakes whenever we were out and about....
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Today’s Guardian has a story about the shortlist for this year’s Bad Grammar award, featuring howlers from the likes of the Army Career Office and the NHS. Many of the common mistakes I highlight in my day course are there,...
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It’s means it is or it has. That is all....
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