Grammar Repair Shop

Commas are intended to help the reader comprehend a sentence more easily. Unnecessary ones are a distraction. Here are three places not to put a comma, from Barron’s Essentials of English.
Parallelism brings consistent grammatical construction to each part of a sentence, making it friendlier to the ear.
YOLO! That’s You Only Live Once. However, the correct phrase should be You Live Only Once. Let’s take a look at what can happen to a sentence when you move the word only around.
From @APStylebook, a Twitter feed run by the Associated Press, some very handy hints from recent online chats, collected by PR Newswire.

Which word should I use?

March 7, 2019 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here are five potential confusers.
Most grammar mistakes can be avoided if you have the discipline to re-read your work before printing, submitting or pressing send, so put these reminders from experienced copywriter Hayley Mullen to use next time you sit down to put your thoughts in writing.
With so much written content available, it’s even more important to write well so you can communicate effectively, says MarketingProfs Chief Content Officer Ann Handley.
You know the basic rules of capitalization, but there are fine points and examples that puzzle even our most skilled readers.

Portmanteaus to the rescue

September 26, 2018 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here is a list of words you may be surprised are actually portmanteaus.
Even the most grammar conscious people can still make mistakes, writes Sharon Reynolds for Hubspot. Here are the six expressions people still use incorrectly.
We all know that a singular subject takes a singular verb and a plural subject takes a plural verb, but what about a compound subject?
There are a lot of ways to say “because,” including “due to,” “since” and “as.” Bonnie Mills sorts out the best ways to use these words.

Subjects and verbs getting along?

January 5, 2018 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Subject-verb agreement means you pair singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs. Basic subject-verb agreement comes naturally for most native English speakers, but certain combinations can trip up even seasoned writers. Some tips.