Internal Communication

Grammar Repair Shop
Grammar Repair Shop
Problem: “I can’t remember when or how to type numbers 1 through 10 in a paragraph or a sentence. At some point, you must actually type out the number rather than the numeral, but when?”
Problem: Writers tend to either overuse dashes or avoid them.
Problem: Whether to use singular or plural verbs and pronouns with collective nouns that represent a group, such as “board,” “jury” and “staff.”
Problem: Writers who never studied Latin often mix up the abbreviations i.e. and e.g.
Problem: A case of “dangling modifier”: when the subject of your sentence doesn’t agree with the description that precedes it.
Problem: “I know to use the article ‘an’ before a vowel,” writes Penny Perkins, Dayton, Ohio. “Do you use ‘an’ before a silent ‘h,’ as in ‘an honor student?'”
Problem: Moni Jackson, Toms River, N.J., takes minutes during a board of directors meeting. “At a recent session, the vice president stated that policies should be reviewed biannually,” Jackson told us. “I found out later that she actually meant once every two years. I believe the word should be ‘biennially.'”
If you’ve noticed a lack of “cubicle etiquette” around the office lately, distribute the following “good neighbor” checklist to your co-workers. Example: Don’t be an office prairie dog. Instead of popping your head over the top of a partition, walk around it to see your neighbor.
The most effective spot to place a reminder may not lie within the system you commonly use.
Avoid gender bias with clever writing
Problem: Several readers have asked recently about whether to capitalize particular words, ranging from job titles to seasons.