Punctuating ‘however’

2021-04-09T19:41:53+10:00

‘However’ is similar in meaning to ‘but’, with a longer pause built in. What’s tricky is that ‘however’ isn’t interchangeable with ‘but’, and it’s punctuated differently. In fact, punctuating the word ‘however’ is about the most common problem we see as editors. Here are some guidelines: But But is a ‘conjunction’ in grammar, and it [...]

Punctuating ‘however’2021-04-09T19:41:53+10:00

How contemporary is your English?

2021-04-09T19:45:05+10:00

Are your English skills keeping up with your modern lifestyle? Today is National Grammar Day – well it is in the US – and that’s my excuse to write to you about contemporary English. We all try to keep our skills up to date, and our English should be no exception. Short of time? Cut straight to [...]

How contemporary is your English?2021-04-09T19:45:05+10:00

One-minute tip: Let’s start at the very beginning

2021-04-09T19:46:45+10:00

In many instances, you may find you can improve what you have written by removing the first sentence. As getting started can be a bit of a hurdle, it's common to prevaricate and write an introduction, or some background; you're still busy getting your head around what you want to say. The result is a bit fluffy, with this introductory sentence slowing down the [...]

One-minute tip: Let’s start at the very beginning2021-04-09T19:46:45+10:00

Editing tip #3: The basics of clear writing

2016-10-14T03:34:18+10:00

Here we step back and provide some reminders for writing clear business English. They apply whether you are writing a report, a newsletter or a story for your website. 1. Plan what you want to say Dot points or headings are great for planning, getting content in the best order, and subsequently checking you’ve covered everything. [...]

Editing tip #3: The basics of clear writing2016-10-14T03:34:18+10:00

Editing tip #2: Getting apostrophes to behave

2016-12-18T22:21:19+10:00

The apostrophe can be troublesome, no doubt about it. While there are many occasions when it should be used (judiciously, in the right spot...) let's start with three of its former uses that no longer apply. Contrary to many grocers’ blackboards advertising tomato’s or potato’s, the apostrophe does not have a place in forming plurals. [...]

Editing tip #2: Getting apostrophes to behave2016-12-18T22:21:19+10:00

Editing tip #1: Twelve items or fewer

2016-12-18T22:13:49+10:00

It delighted me to see the introduction of DIY checkouts recently at my local supermarket, but perhaps not for the usual reasons you'd expect. Yes, it's quicker to get through the checkout now, and no, I don't have to chat to the checkout chick or rooster if I don't feel inclined (which I enjoyed anyway). [...]

Editing tip #1: Twelve items or fewer2016-12-18T22:13:49+10:00