Grammar Repair Shop

‘Quick, hand me a … skin covering device!’

January 2, 2020
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.
Read the full article →

Words, Words, Words: January ’20

January 2, 2020
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.
Read the full article →

Choose just the right word

December 5, 2019
Learn the difference between five similar pairs of words.
Read the full article →

Whoa, whoa … easy on those commas!

October 31, 2019
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.
Read the full article →

Clean up your sentences with parallelism

October 4, 2019
Parallelism brings consistent grammatical construction to each part of a sentence, making it friendlier to the ear.
Read the full article →

A helpful grammar hand from the AP

August 1, 2019
From @APStylebook, a Twitter feed run by the Associated Press, some very handy hints from recent online chats, collected by PR Newswire.
Read the full article →

Which word should I use?

March 7, 2019
Here are five potential confusers.
Read the full article →

10 common grammar mistakes to avoid

February 19, 2019
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.
Read the full article →

To capitalize or not to capitalize?

January 3, 2019
You know the basic rules of capitalization, but there are fine points and examples that puzzle even our most skilled readers.
Read the full article →

Portmanteaus to the rescue

September 26, 2018
Here is a list of words you may be surprised are actually portmanteaus.
Read the full article →