“Comma v. Semicolon? Aaargh!! I’ll just pick one… I figure I have a 50% chance of getting it right.” Does this sound like you? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s raise your average with these writing tips.
A U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Appeals judge gave Verizon a second chance after the company made a costly typo, stating, “People make mistakes. Even administrators of ERISA plans.” Will the judges of your writing and mine be as understanding?
The following is some basic writing help that answers your questions about split infinitives, whether to start sentences with “And” or “But,” and whether it’s okay to use a singular “they.”
If you write legal documents in any way, shape or form, it is absolutely essential to use correct spelling and grammar.
“Comma? Semicolon? Aaargh!! I’ll just pick one… I figure I have a 50% chance of getting it right.”
Does this sound like you? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s raise your average.
There’s a game embedded in this article! In the last example for each section, see if you can choose the correct word from the [two/too] options in brackets. If [your/you’re] not sure, the answer will be revealed in the next section.
Note To Readers from Sam Diener: There is no possible way that I could have written this article. I rely on two editors to make sure my grammar is correct! So I invited Ms. Brenda Bernstein, the Essay Expert, to come along and write this series of two articles for me. She is quite the grammarian, and she is much smarter than I. So you all had better listen to her – and enjoy!
Last week I wrote an article about quotation marks, and I did not cover the topic of their overuse. Quotation marks are often used to “emphasize” a word when they are grammatically unnecessary or incorrect. Thankfully, another blogger has taken on the gallant task of locating errant quotation marks so that I can take a…
Quotation marks are a beloved form of punctuation in the English language, used to indicate a verbatim report on what someone said, and used in a great deal of business writing. They are often misused. This week I will clear up some misconceptions held by many about proper usage of these marks.
I’ve noticed a tendency in many writers to combine certain 2-word phrases into one word. One of the most common pairs of words I have seen people put together ungrammatically are “every” and “day.” Please note: “Every day” does NOT mean the same thing as “everyday.” Be careful when you choose to create this compound word about what you really mean to say.