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Note 87 – A test on plurals

A work colleague asked me what the plural of matrix was today so I guessed matrices, looked it up and I was right.  This gave me an idea for today’s blog. Please find below some singular words – see if you can guess what their plurals are.  The answers are at the end of the blog: … Continue reading

Note 65 – The use of square brackets [ ]

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 65, then please read on… The use of square brackets [ ] The Collins English dictionary (Home edition) suggests that when you want to use additional words … 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 – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. 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

Note 53 – Punctuation with quotation marks (British v American English)

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 53, then please read on… Punctuation with quotation marks As mentioned yesterday, when deciding where to put the punctuation marks when using quotation marks, I found that the rules … Continue reading

Note 52 – Take care when quoting direct speech

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 52, then please read on… Quoting direct speech Whilst reading about direct speech and the use of quotation marks today, I stumbled upon a very important point that … Continue reading

Note 44 – e.g. and i.e.

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 44, then please read on… e.g. e.g. is latin for exempli gratia, but is more commonly known to us as ‘for example’ Example: Jane uses her kitchen … Continue reading

Note 37 – The use of ‘ever’ and ‘-ever’

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 37, then please read on… The use of ‘ever’ and ‘-ever’ I’ve summarised below the interesting ways to remember when to use whoever/who ever, however/how ever and whatever … Continue reading

Note 35 – ‘The time’ in writing

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 35, then please read on… How to write the time Graham King in The Collins Improve your Punctuation, suggests using the 12-hour clock in writing, rather than the 24-hour clock … Continue reading

Note 34 – Parallel form (expressions)

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 34, then please read on… Parallel form (expressions) As mentioned in my blog yesterday on ‘Parallel form (lists)’ consistency is important in your sentences.  Parallel forms, however, don’t just … Continue reading

Note 33 – Parallel form (lists)

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 33, then please read on… Parallel form (lists) Brandon Royal in The Little Red Writing Book by explains that parallel form in writing is to “express similar parts … Continue reading

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