Grammar Repair Shop

Many purists might cling to the rule that if you’re not using Band-Aid brand bandages, then don’t call them Band-Aids. But there are many everyday items that are better known for their brand names rather than their generic names.

Choose just the right word

December 5, 2019 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Learn the difference between five similar pairs of words.
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?