Five of the best English grammar podcasts

Five of the best English grammar podcasts

If you read our blog post about why typos happen, you’ll know that typos occur easily and they can be hard to find and fix. In that post we talked about distraction being one of the causes of typos and errors, but another cause for mistakes in copy is a lack of...
Homonyms, homographs and homophones

Homonyms, homographs and homophones

The English language can be a bit tricksy. Words can look or sound the same, but have completely different meanings. There are different variations of this, but as a general rule they can be categorised as follows: Homonyms – words that spell and sound the same, but...
Why typos happen and how to avoid them

Why typos happen and how to avoid them

Have you ever made an embarrassing typo? Perhaps you’ve never made one that attracted quite so much ridicule as the infamous ‘covfefe’ gaff by Donald Trump but, still, typos are undoubtedly something you’d rather avoid at all costs. In this post, we take an in-depth...
How to write concisely

How to write concisely

When we write we tend to add filler words. Adjectives and adverbs that pad out the word count and give a sense of gravitas to what we’re writing. I personally have a penchant for the word ‘therefore’. There’s just something about it that makes me want to jam it into...
The most common punctuation mistakes

The most common punctuation mistakes

With punctuation, it’s not so much something that you notice if it’s been done right. But boy howdy, if it’s wrong, you definitely will. To quote a certain cartoon tv show, “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.” – God, Futurama....
Writing in an active voice

Writing in an active voice

Writing in an active voice As you write, you will develop habits. It’s a fact of life that the more you do something, the more it will become habitual. University, for example, ingrained in me the habit of writing in a passive voice. A passive voice is important in...
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