Yearly Archives: 2018

What’s maths got to do with modifiers? Only, just, both and either

At first glance, it may seem that the precision and regularity of mathematics bear little relation to the notorious irregularity of the English language, but there is one area in which English is surprisingly logical: the position of adverbs such

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A particular fondness for particles – ‘enter into’, ‘meet with’ and ‘mitigate against’

As anyone learning the language will tell you (usually through gritted teeth), English is inordinately fond of peppering its vocabulary with particles – those irritating little words that get added to verbs (mostly), altering the meaning in subtle, and often

Posted in Proofreading/copy-editing, Vocabulary

Now, where did I put it? Misplaced modifiers and dangling participles

As a regular reader of this blog, we would like to offer you some really useful tips on structuring your sentences logically. Does anything grate as you read the above sentence? I hope so, because it should! It’s a classic

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Practice makes perfect

Proofreaders find many different errors in documents (thankfully, or we’d be out of a job!). However, some are much more common than others, and one that we seem to see time and time again is the word ‘practice’ – or

Posted in Proofreading/copy-editing, Spelling, Vocabulary

It all depends on the prepositions

The other morning on my way in to work I passed the van of a pharmacy whose slogan is ‘Dispensing quality’, and some linguistically minded prankster had inserted ‘with’ between the two words, showing what a difference one small preposition

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