Grammar Repair Shop

Gender-specific words aren’t considered appropriate much anymore, says Mignon Fogarty at Quick and Dirty Tips. It’s especially important to avoid them in your business writing as much as possible—and to be aware of the exceptions. Here are some tips to keep them straight.

Capitalize those brand names

December 31, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here is a list of products you should capitalize in your writing because they are actually brand names.

Song titles gone bad

December 1, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

We just can’t let them off the Eng­­lish language hook. You know, those poets and song lyricists who either just don’t get it or don’t really care. Or perhaps proper grammar destroys the beat and coolness of the titles. Anyway, here are some of your favorite songs that sport some cringe-worthy grammatical errors in their titles.

Are you saying these words wrong?

November 17, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Good grammar and proper phrasing are important to projecting a professional image in the workplace. Grammarly’s Kimberly Joki reviews five of the most common incorrectly used words and phrases.

Redundant redundancies

September 1, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here are some common redundancies that you should exterminate completely (redundancy intended) from your writing and speech.

Lie/Lay/Lying/Laying

September 1, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Lie is an intransitive verb (one that does not take an object), meaning “to recline.” Its principal parts are lie, lay (past tense), lain (past participle) and lying (present participle) …
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Using a word incorrectly can harm your image, writes Jeff Haden for LinkedIn. These common words can trip up even strong writers.

Which words do you misuse?

June 1, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

You may think you know what these words mean, but is it possible you’re mistaken?
Grammar is full of rules, and those who know them sometimes like to call out those who don’t. But some oft-stated rules are really just myths, as grammar blogger Mignon Fogarty writes at Mental Floss.
Once you’ve learned all the basic rules of English grammar, you’ll find there are almost as many exceptions. Grammarly Director of Communications Allison VanNest explains some words that act in ways you might not expect.
At one point during his webinar on proofreading and editing, Fred asked attendees to quickly read nine sentences to see if they could pin down what was wrong with them. Surely you can spot all the errors, right? Let’s find out.

Do you use poor word choices?

March 25, 2015 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Using incorrect terms or made-up words can make your speech and writing sound ridiculous and unprofessional. Grammarly’s Allison VanNest reviews several common errors to avoid in your communications.