Grammar

5 grammar and style resources for PR pros

PR pros often field questions about grammar and punctuation.<p>Simple questions about spelling can be answered on websites such as <b>Dictionary.com</b>,</b> …

Public Relations

Punctuating Style in CMOS 17: What’s New with Colons, Commas, Dashes, and Slashes

<i>This article originally appeared in Copyediting newsletter, which explains the low word-to-humor ratio, and is reproduced with permission from the</i> …

Everyday and Every Day: One Word or Two?

The space between two words can make a difference: everyday doesn't mean the same thing as every day. Just like anyone and any one, or anytime and …

Productivity

14 common words that you're probably mispronouning

National Dictionary Day is observed annually in the US on October 16.<p>Created to honor Noah Webster, the "Father of the American Dictionary," the day …

12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All Costs

Nobody expects you to be perfect all the time. However, there are some really glaring writing mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your credibility, reputation and personal brand.<p>But many of these mistakes are easy to avoid. For instance, misspelled words, excessive …

Writing

3 quick tips for tighter writing

Writers can employ various strategies to make their writing more active and concise.<p>Here are three simple types of unnecessary wording to keep in …

Public Relations

Personal Pronouns in English Grammar

<b>Definition</b><p>In English grammar, a <i>personal pronoun</i> is a pronoun that refers to a particular person, group, or thing. Like all pronouns, personal …

Exclusive: Funding formula 'privileges' grammar schools

<b>Formula branded 'fundamentally unfair' after Tes investigation shows latest changes particularly benefit grammar schools</b>The government's latest …

Education

Ever Wonder Why the Contraction for Will Not Isn’t “Willn’t?” We Know the Reason

Like many grammar rules in the English language, using “won’t” as the contraction for “will not” doesn’t make a lot of sense. If we formed it like …

The Top 10 Beginning French Mistakes

When you start learning French, there's a lot to remember - new vocabulary, all kinds of verb conjugations, strange spelling. Just about everything …

Language

These Common Email Mistakes Are Ruining Your Credibility

Skipping spell-check doesn’t just make for a messy email. It reflects poorly on the sender, too.<p>If you had to deliver a speech, would you knowingly choose the wrong title, bury your point, or say things that would get yourself in trouble with your colleagues and bosses? Of course not. But many of …

9 Ways to Absolutely Improve Your Proofreading Skills

We all know that proofreading is important – it doesn’t matter if you’re a native speaker or just learning English. Nothing is worse than turning in …

Writing

The rules for clear, effective business writing

Does language have rules? Is it empty pedantry to tut-tut about the “10 items or less” lane in a supermarket, on the grounds that “fewer” is what you …

'Do I believe Year 6 pupils can meet the required standard for writing, but fail the reading and GPS tests? Yes, I do'

After a great deal of teacher-talk about how the grammar and punctuation requirements for the end of key stage 2 writing stifled both teacher and …

Teaching

The Art Of Grammar – Painting With Adjectives – TrdPip

For generations, students have regarded lessons in grammar as a joyless activity. The release of a class-wide groan often accompanies a teacher’s …

Vincent Van Gogh

25 Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

If there’s one thing that’s sure to irritate a nit-picking grammar pedant, it’s someone saying that they “literally” jumped out of their skin, or …

Oxford Dictionary

Rule Changes in Your Favor

This is the sixth and final installment in a series of articles outlining important changes in the new rules. We’ll cover three changes that make the …

Sailing

Prove You're A London Underground Expert, Score 17/20 On This Quiz

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London

Present Simple Tense Use in English Explained

The present simple is the first English tense to learn. It's a bit confusing because the present simple is used to speak about everyday routines, …

Learn About Formation, Moods, Tenses, Italian Verb Conjugations

Formation, moods, tenses, and table of Italian verb conjugations<p>1001 Italian Verbs<p>Italian Verbs For Beginners<p>First Conjugation Verbs<p>Second …

You're Not Scottish Unless You Score 10/12 On This "Complete The Sentence" Quiz

They say all sorts of crazy things north of the wall.

Translation

Software and Apps Help Students Become Better Writers

By Meghan Bogardus CortezUniversities can embrace tools to boost their students’ writing skills.

Microsoft Word

How to Vary Your Sentence Structure (And Stop Boring Your Readers)

Have you ever received a piece of feedback on your writing that made you think:“Huh. I never noticed that…but now you mention it, I can see what you …

Writing

Here’s How You Pronounce Gal Gadot’s Name

Gal Gadot is going to be a big deal for a while now. <i>Wonder Woman</i> ranks among the very biggest box-office smashes of the year, we’ve got <i>Justice League</i> …

Entertainment

Dictionary Editors Say This Is the Most Misused Word in the English Language

A traffic jam when you’re already late.A free ride when you’ve already paid.The fact that the King James Bible is the most shoplifted book in the …

Language

Google: Grammar Does Not Impact SEO & Search Rankings

Just in case you were worried about how well or poorly this site might rank because of the grammar, no need to. Google's John Mueller confirmed that …

SEO

15 words you might be using incorrectly

As an adult person in the world, you should already know the difference between its and it’s; to, too, and two; and their, there and they’re.<p>For that …

John Cena

Can You Speak Spanish Around The World Without Making A Fool Of Yourself?

Do you know the slang and sayings from all over the Spanish-speaking world?

Language

Lequel, a Difficult French Pronoun, Explained

<i>Lequel</i>, which usually means <i>which</i>, is arguably the most difficult French pronoun.<p><i>Lequel</i> has four basic forms, because it has to agree in gender and …

France

Did You Learn Grammar in Grammar School?

In 1985, the National Council of Teachers of English, an organization that certainly did not foresee a future of blogs, social media, hot takes and …

Education