Here’s everything we’ve written so far about grammar

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…)

Grammar brush-up: Rules for indicating possession with an apostrophe

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Having worked with more than my share of tiresome subs who clearly quite enjoy getting their knickers in a twist about other people’s apostrophe crimes, I don’t want to get too snarky about the rights and wrongs of this important little punctuation mark.

After all, you can’t blame people for not knowing how to punctuate if they’ve never been taught how to do it. (I tend to agree with the journalism teacher who once told me she could tell a student’s age from their punctuation. Few people under forty have a clue, because they had the misfortune to go to school after it was decided that grammar was too elitist to teach).

But if you care about your business you need to know that you will be judged if you get it wrong. (more…)

Possibly the most embarrassing apostrophe crime ever

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Note to the The National Literacy Trust: when you’re bewailing the poor grammar and punctuation skills of the UK population, do try and get it right. (more…)

The apostrophe: put it down slowly and walk away

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Pity the poor apostrophe. Whenever he threatens to make an appearance you find yourself coming over all nervous. It’s nothing personal – you just can’t help feeling a little intimidated around a character so hard to comprehend. In fact, that little chap with the scarily (more…)