Grammar Repair Shop

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.

Comprise, compose or consitute?

December 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here are examples of the correct ways to use comprise, compose, and constitute.
Mark Nichol, writing at Daily Writing Tips, offers a list of common spelling mistakes in idioms.
A second pair of eyes is always ideal, but having to apply your skills without a safety net will always happen at some point.

How to repair a comma splice

September 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

“It hasn’t rained for three weeks, all the flowers are dying” is an example of a comma splice. It’s called that because a comma is used to splice together two sentences, which is incorrect. How do you fix one?

Words, Words, Words: August ’17

August 12, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Write it right, say it right, spell it right.
Here’s a classic is-it-this-way or is-it-that-way problem that a lot of people get wrong.
Knowing the difference between the types of phrase shorteners can help you use them correctly in writing.