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

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

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

Editing in British English while you sleep

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

It was breakfast time one morning in mid-December, my editing jobs were tidied away, and I was enjoying the sense of anticipation about what the day would bring. My phone rang. "Is that Hit Send?" The voice was evidently British and the call had that long-distance fuzziness to it. "It is." "I'm just going to [...]

Editing in British English while you sleep2016-10-14T03:34:14+10:00

One-minute tip: Write like a local

2021-04-09T19:45:38+10:00

If you are writing in Word, change your language from US English to Australian English. (Select the whole document, and – in my version of Word – go to Tools then Language.) You will avoid spelling errors such as trialing, fetal, behavior, fulfillment, center, canceling and theater, not to mention all those zzzzzs. Don't [...]

One-minute tip: Write like a local2021-04-09T19:45:38+10:00

One-minute tip: Beware the ‘Manhattan skyline’

2021-04-09T19:46:06+10:00

When editing prose, I spend quite a bit of time eliminating random initial caps. I've heard this gratuitous capitalisation referred to as the 'Manhattan skyline'. Once you are referring to your organisation in one word (the company, the committee, the university) you can drop that initial cap (e.g. the Association) and Then your Writing [...]

One-minute tip: Beware the ‘Manhattan skyline’2021-04-09T19:46:06+10:00

One-minute tip: Yours sincerely or Yours faithfully?

2021-05-25T13:39:51+10:00

In Australia, 'Yours sincerely' and 'Kind regards' are appropriate letter sign-offs if you have used the recipient's name, such as 'Dear Mr Johnson'.If you have said 'Dear Sir' or 'Dear Madam', use 'Yours faithfully' instead.(My memory-jogger: if you don't know the name of the person you are writing to, you need to have faith your letter [...]

One-minute tip: Yours sincerely or Yours faithfully?2021-05-25T13:39:51+10:00

Editing tip #5: Are you pulling your punches?

2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

Many executives receive an easy 50+ emails per day. Are yours being read? Just as important, are they acted upon? Do you ask questions in your emails, but find that only some questions receive responses? And in return do you receive emails that are ‘fluffy’ and incomprehensible? To try and minimise these problems and give your own [...]

Editing tip #5: Are you pulling your punches?2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

Editing tip #4: Word mix-ups

2016-12-18T22:18:02+10:00

Here are the five most common word mix-ups I’ve found while proofreading over the past month. 1. Sort and sought … especially with the phrase ‘sought-after’. Correct usage: I’ll sort out the details tomorrow. (That one’s easy, yep?) This house is in a sought-after location. 2. Bought and brought Is this confusion unique to [...]

Editing tip #4: Word mix-ups2016-12-18T22:18:02+10:00