If I was you, I’d keep reading. Wait, though … shouldn’t it be “were”? If I were you, I’d keep reading. But is that really correct? Which is it? … [Read more...] about “If I was” or “if I were”? Simple methods for choosing the right one every time
Is it you and I or me and you? Do you, like me, dread getting that wrong at the wrong moment? Oh the embarrassment! Thankfully, there’s an easy recipe for getting it right. … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 4: ‘You and I’ or ‘you and me’? A simple way to know
Who doesn’t love an adrenaline-pumping chase sequence? From Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne, to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, there’s no shortage of grand pursuits to revel in. During last month’s NaNoWriMo, I particularly enjoyed writing a couple of chase sequences for my … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 3: If your sentence starts with an ‘-ing’ word, don’t make this mistake!
Last week, I repaired the first half of a sentence inspired by one of my mum’s most grammatically awkward sentences (sorry, Mum). I worked through some of the murkier waters of writing series of items like this one: She’s got size-five shoes, dresses, and handbags. Are there … [Read more...] about Asking too much of your commas? Careful rephrasing comes to their rescue
Have you ever bitten off more sentence than you could chew? I mean, have you ever tried to put a long and complex idea down on paper only to reach the end of a very long sentence, look back at what you wrote, and think one thought: ‘Don’t tell me I have to edit that!’ … [Read more...] about Leapfrogging! A simple solution for grammar pitfalls and pink poodles