Archive for the Grammar tips Category

The dangling modifier and muddled thinking

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Can you spot what’s wrong with this sentence?

Despite announcing record sales, Apple’s share price fell 10% yesterday.

It was the original opening line of a blog post I published the other week. The moment I pressed “publish” I realised, with horror, that the sentence would have Lynn Truss types fizzing with disgust. (more…)

The punctuation mistake you never knew you were making

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
The most common punctuation mistake

Here’s a grammar rule that’ll come as a big surprise to many of you: 95% of the time you shouldn’t put a comma before the word however.

Yep, you’ve been punctuating it wrong all these years. We know because we see this mistake all the time. In fact, it’s probably the most common error we see. (more…)

Punctuation: why do we need it anyway?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post by fellow copywriter Sarah Turner. As you’ll see, she’s a definitely a woman after my own heart . . . (more…)

The Comma Splice: How to Spot It and Cure It

Friday, June 12th, 2009
The Comma Splice: Cut it out!

There’s a nasty little punctuation habit that instantly gives your age away. It’s called the comma splice, and I’ve noticed it’s mostly used by writers under the age of 35. (more…)

“Around”: the preposition that can make your writing sound slippery and bureaucratic

Monday, May 11th, 2009

In my last post I reflected on the tendency for business types to favour the invasive-sounding “into” over the correct “to”. Today, I turn my attention to another preposition you should be careful with: “around”. (more…)