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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’m absolutely thrilled to be involved with the National Literacy Trust’s journalism competition “My Words, My World.” Secondary schoolchildren are being invited to submit an article on a subject of their choice, with the winning entry being published in First...
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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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I spent most of our day out on Bank Holiday Monday “amusing” the family by pointing out various spelling and punctuation mistakes along our route. Honestly, it’s really good fun being married to me…. We’d barely got to the end...
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I can’t help feeling sorry for Lewes MP Norman Baker, who spelt Sussex as “Susex” on the front cover of a booklet sent out to constituents. I’d class this as a typo rather than a spelling mistake, as I am...
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I was asked on Twitter today about the difference between enquire/ enquiry and inquire/ inquiry. Strictly speaking, inquire and enquire are interchangeable and the grammar police won’t be able to arrest you for using either of them. Interestingly, however, we...
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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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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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William Shakespeare – 450 today – has probably had more influence on the English language than anyone else before or since. He’s the man responsible for words like “distasteful” and phrases like “pound of flesh”. While  many words from his...
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