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To do vs. to-do

Is it to-do or to do? This is something I always have to look up when I’m typing or writing it, so I thought I’d add a reminder here in my blog. My tip is: If it’s used as an adjective, before a noun, it’s hyphenated, as in ‘to-do list’. If it’s used as a noun, … Continue reading

Note 128 – Hyphenating adjectives correctly

There are many adjectives with hyphens such as left-handed and well-mannered; however, in some instances you don’t need a hyphen. The Pocket Writer’s Handbook by Martin Manser & Stephen Curtis suggests using a hyphen if the adjective comes before a noun e.g. a left-handed child and a well-kept house. If, however, the adjective follows a … Continue reading

Note 93 – Comparative and superlative adjectives

“One of the most valuable services that adjectives provide is a range of comparisons” writes Graham King in his book Collins Improve your Grammar.  According to John Seely in The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation, many adjectives have three forms.  They are: Absolute e.g. large (base adjective) Comparative e.g. larger (used when comparing two … Continue reading

Note 64 – Ambiguity with adjectives and commas

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – If you would prefer to dive straight into note 64, then please read on… Adjectives and commas According to Graham King in his book Collins Improve Your Punctuation, if the adjectives in your sentence “define separate … Continue reading

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