Misplaced modifiers can be hilarious.
They have a sub-species, called ‘dangling modifiers’.
We see them everywhere. Not only are they are incorrect, they mangle the meaning of the sentence.
In some cases, though, they are just downright comical. Continue reading “Misplaced modifiers: Babies who smoke”
Pumpkin soup is definitely something we need to watch out for! Remember, you’ve been warned….
A newsletter, which I receive reasonably regularly, previewed its feature articles in the email header, and was considerate enough to put women, in particular, on the alert. Continue reading “Comma controversies: shooting clay pigeons and men”
It’s difficult to get through even one day’s reading without having to struggle through the tangled mess of woolly words – a real dog’s blanket of poor grammar and lazy language use. Continue reading “‘He sadly died’ and other woolly words”
When my clients ask for writing tips, I often share them.
This one is about ‘countables’. Let me explain.
Here’s a sentence I had to edit recently:
The amount of people who came were amazing.
Can you see what’s wrong with it?
In fact, there are three problems: two outright errors and one point that’s open to debate. Continue reading “Writing Tips: Countables Do Count!”
Here is the latest from my favourite source of comma-based hilarity. Could they be messing with our heads? No, I don’t think so. They just have no idea. Continue reading “Comma Chaos, and Vote YES For Tarts”
When my clients ask for writing tips, I often share them this way.
Lots of people are confused about using alright, as opposed to all right.
This issue has come up several times recently, so … Continue reading “Writing Tips: Everything’s all right, alright?”