Avoiding comma splices

2021-05-17T15:09:32+10:00

A comma splice occurs where a comma joins two or more independent parts of a sentence. The comma should not do this, but I see it every day. Here's an example: The CEO is on leave, her executive assistant will handle all queries. The above sentence has two parts, each with a subject and [...]

Avoiding comma splices2021-05-17T15:09:32+10:00

Fast grammar quiz

2021-03-10T08:48:13+10:00

Check your grammar knowledge. Here are three sentences for you to fix: 1. Woolworths are one of the biggest employer's in Tasmania. 2. Its Rosie here, ready to help with your enquiries at our new store. 3. The Chair will give the CEO and I a lift to the meeting. [...]

Fast grammar quiz2021-03-10T08:48:13+10:00

What’s the buzz at Hit Send?

2021-03-17T16:26:13+10:00

Our little team is growing. We've gained over 30 new clients over the past year, each of them producing fascinating and varied documents for us to review. Our workload has grown to the point it's no longer a job for one, or even two, hardworking nutters. I'm always mindful that responsiveness is integral to [...]

What’s the buzz at Hit Send?2021-03-17T16:26:13+10:00

Super-fast quiz

2021-03-17T16:27:37+10:00

This question might not be uppermost on your mind if stranded on an island, but I'm always harping on about 'however' as it's the most common punctuation error I come across. Which of these three sentences is punctuated correctly? 1. Tasmania's electoral division boundaries have changed since you last voted, however voting is still compulsory, [...]

Super-fast quiz2021-03-17T16:27:37+10:00

An editor’s week

2017-04-26T07:19:18+10:00

Variety is a significant pleasure for a business-document editor. Not only is variety stimulating, but the work that comes across our desks at Hit Send (or rather, across our screens) also provides a fascinating insight into local and overseas businesses, Tasmanian government policy, and plans for our State. Monday First up is the bimonthly Seafood Industry News. [...]

An editor’s week2017-04-26T07:19:18+10:00

The difference between proofreading and editing

2021-02-19T15:17:04+10:00

As fairly few business people have used editors and proofreaders, I am often asked to define just what we do. Here are the basic distinctions between proofreading and editing: Proofreading This is a final check for errors, typos and formatting that's gone awry. We cross-check content lists with body copy, check headings are in a consistent [...]

The difference between proofreading and editing2021-02-19T15:17:04+10:00

Zag-zig and hop-hip

2016-12-18T09:18:57+10:00

One of the wonderful laws of language that we know intuitively is the one that governs word order. It's called the rule of ablaut reduplication. Native English speakers have such an ear for it that it's highly unlikely they would ever get it wrong. This rule explains why we don't say zag-zig, or cross-criss, and rules out hop-hip dance. For those [...]

Zag-zig and hop-hip2016-12-18T09:18:57+10:00

Blogging for your business

2016-12-08T04:12:10+10:00

This post was originally published on the Tourism Tribe digital hub.   Blogging as a part of your business marketing strategy is a little different from traditional journal or travel blogging. Finding the time and the inspiration can be tricky, so here are some tips from my experience and through talking to others. But [...]

Blogging for your business2016-12-08T04:12:10+10:00

Should I use the ‘Oxford comma’?

2021-04-09T19:42:16+10:00

I was training government staff in plain English writing the other day, and one course participant asked me about the Oxford comma: when should one use it? And then Rajan Venkataraman, who supports Hit Send's fast-turnaround editing service, wrote a blog explaining exactly that. Thanks Rajan. Mel Roome Principal Editor ******* In sentences that [...]

Should I use the ‘Oxford comma’?2021-04-09T19:42:16+10:00

Semicolons: endangered but not extinct

2021-04-09T19:44:41+10:00

For plain-English advocates who prefer short sentences, semicolons as a joining device are a no-no; but in the right document, for the right audience, they can greatly improve long sentences and bring variety to your writing style. At Hit Send we do see some pretty odd sentences with semicolons, however, so here are some tips [...]

Semicolons: endangered but not extinct2021-04-09T19:44:41+10:00