For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the possessive form of they, and one talks about a place
By Writer's Relief Staff: Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to read through distracting or confusing verb tenses. If one
Want to avoid giving the impression you lack confidence and authority? Avoid these words. Nine-hundred and seventy-two. That's the total number of e-mails I received just in May, and it's about my average.
Whatever the reason, we've bastardized parts of the English language. The 15 word and phrases below often come out incorrectly. Let's set the record straight. 1. For all "intents and purposes" — not for
Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong Imagine a world in which biology
Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across
Unless, of course, you're a little too full of yourself. Consider the word "charismatic." If someone called me charismatic, I will be incredibly flattered (and hugely surprised). But if I call myself you