2011 archive

Abbreviations in executive summaries

Acronyms and initialisms

Acronyms: Should you put them in bold?

Active and passive voice

Addressing a couple in correspondence

Adverbs: position of adverbs in a sentence

Advice and advise

Adviser or advisor?

Affect and effect

All ready and already

Although and though

Altogether versus all together

Ampersands (&)

Ampersands: Should you use ‘and’ or ‘&’ in menus?

Anymore versus any more


Apostrophes with joint or singular ownership

Apostrophes with ‘s’ names

Appendix, addendum, annexure and attachment

Appraise versus apprise

Around versus round

Assure, ensure and insure

Australian and US spelling: -ize or -ise?

Biannual, biennial and bimonthly

Books and websites about grammar

Brackets: parentheses, square, angle and curly brackets

Bulleted lists

But and however

Careen versus career

Chair, chairman or chairperson

Collective nouns – singular or plural verbs?

Colons (:)

Colons and semicolons


Commas, typos, confused words, text alignment

Commas: Oxford or serial comma

Commas: Should you use a comma after a date?

Commas: Should you use a comma before etc.?

Common mistakes with bulleted lists

Commonly confused words

Comparative adjectives

Compared with and compared to

Complement and compliment

Compound nouns create new words

Compound subjects usually take plural verbs

Confused words test

Continually and continuously

Coordinate or co-ordinate?

Currency styles

Dangling modifiers

Decision-making or decision making?

Definition example

Dependent and dependant

Deprecate and depreciate

Desert and dessert

Different from, different than or different to?

Discreet and discrete

Disinterested and uninterested

Disorganised and unorganised

Dog breeds and capital letters


Either/or and neither/nor

Elicit and illicit


Em and en rules

Eminent and imminent

Empathetic and empathic


Factorial – April 2011

Factorial – February 2011

Factorial – January 2011

Factorial – June 2011

Factorial – March 2011

Factorial – September 2011

Factorial, August 2011

Farther and further

Fewer and less

Flammable and inflammable

Flaunted and flouted

Focused or focussed?

Footnotes for referencing

Forums or fora?

Full stops with abbreviations

Gerunds and personal pronouns

Grammar terms

Grammatical poem

Hanging hyphens

Hated words: got, but, that and which

Homed and honed

Homonyms – homophones and homographs

Homonyms: confusing words that sound the same

How many words are too many in a sentence?

How to use hyphens


However – meanings and punctuation

However, introductory ESL offer, advisor/adviser


Hyphens with adverbs

Hyphens with ages

Imply and infer

Inauthentic and unauthentic

Incidence and incident

Indigenous or indigenous?

Inquire and enquire

Insidious and invidious

Is it OK to use ‘and/or’?

Judgement versus judgment

Latin expressions and italics

Lead and led

Learned or learnt?

Legislation dates and italics

Listing qualifications

Long sentences – how to write them well

Loose and lose

Mandative subjunctive – recommend that

Me, myself, I

Millions and billions: how to write about them

Money: How to write about currency in business writing

Monies or moneys?

More than and over

Nauseous and nauseated

Nominalisation – power of verbs

Not only… but also

One space between sentences?

Online Writing Training’s online apostrophe course

Only: position of only in a sentence

Palindrome fun

Paragraphs – structure and visual impact

Persons and people

Plural of status

Plurals of acronyms

Practical and practicable

Practice and practise

Premise versus premises

Prepositions – in and at

Principal and principle


Proportional and proportionate

Punctuation in lists

Punctuation with ‘therefore’, ‘furthermore’ and ‘however’

Punctuation: the difference it makes

Quotation marks

Reflexive pronouns – myself, himself, yourself

Replacing the generic ‘he’ with the singular ‘they’

Rules for quotes

Seating or sitting arrangements

Sentences: How to improve your sentences

Series – singular and plural

Shall: how to avoid using shall


Singular or plural: news, measles, number of, pair, half, kilometres, dollars?

Some time or sometime?

Spelling: test your spelling

Spelling: the history of spelling

Squinting adverbial modifiers: what are they and how do you fix them?

Staff or staffs?

Styles in modern business writing

Subject–verb agreement question

Than and then

That – is it necessary in a sentence?

The confusing nature of the English language

The Grammar Factor – and/or, agreement and overuse of ‘the’

The Grammar Factor – apostrophes, pole position, squeezed middle

The Grammar Factor – April 2011

The Grammar Factor – as versus like, annexure and appendix

The Grammar Factor – December 2011

The Grammar Factor – February 2011

The Grammar Factor – January 2011

The Grammar Factor – July 2011

The Grammar Factor – June 2011

The Grammar Factor – just three dots, anticipate and expect, different from

The Grammar Factor – March 2011

The Grammar Factor – May 2011

The Grammar Factor – Mother’s Day, break in or break-in, plural of status

The Grammar Factor – November 2011 (first edition)

The Grammar Factor – October, 2011

The Grammar Factor – prescriptive/descriptive grammar, styles, quotation marks

The Grammar Factor – September 2011

The Grammar Factor – serial commas, apostrophes in place names

The Grammar Factor – such as, a or an with acronyms

The Grammar Factor – what grammar rules do you break?

The Grammar Factor – who and that, typos, grammar jargon

The Grammar Factor – who/whom, direct/indirect questions, tone, email signoffs

The Grammar Factor – word choice, options/alternatives, relations/relatives

The Grammar Factor – & & ?, position of adverbs, hyphenation

The Grammar Factor – as and because, defined terms, titles, than I

The Grammar Factor – commonly confused words, commas with ‘and’

The Grammar Factor – dates, apostrophes, translation glitches

The Grammar Factor – dose/dosage, apostrophes, apostrofly

The Grammar Factor – exclamation marks, ranges, oral vs verbal

The Grammar Factor – hyphens, plurals of distances and areas

The Grammar Factor – initial capitals, apostrophes, quotation marks

The Grammar Factor – irregular verbs, dive/dove, practice/practise

The Grammar Factor – MOOCs, learnt/learned, truncated sentences

The Grammar Factor – overloaded sentences, loose and lose

The Grammar Factor – pronouns, beef and beeves, disconnect

The Grammar Factor – why learn grammar?

The Grammar Factor – words we dislike, hyphens in titles, numbers

The Grammar Factor, August 2011

The Grammar Factor, February 2012 – when to use I and me

The Grammar Factor, January 2012 – a and an with historic

The Grammar Factor, November 2011

The Grammar Factor: acronyms in summaries, media is/are

The Grammar Factor: acronyms, missing and hated words, taming templates

The Grammar Factor: avoid overusing initial capitals, write effective emails

The Grammar Factor: capitals in titles and headings, punctuation with brackets

The Grammar Factor: commas with ‘and’, ‘myself’, ‘whose’ for things

The Grammar Factor: design with words, ‘he’ or ‘him’ after ‘than’?

The Grammar Factor: e-newsletters on writing, under the pump

The Grammar Factor: florid language of political reporting, notes and note

The Grammar Factor: hanging hyphens, compound adjectives, 20 years’ or years experience

The Grammar Factor: name change, online pricing change, apostrophes with ‘every’

The Grammar Factor: numbers in business writing, apostrophes in place names

The Grammar Factor: online board paper course, v. for versus, punctuation with viz.

The Grammar Factor: parts of speech/word classes, initial capital letters

The Grammar Factor: power of four, email webinar, ESL Grammar

The Grammar Factor: punctuation with abbreviations, collective nouns, podcasts

The Grammar Factor: punctuation with brackets, provided, solely, Facebook group

The Grammar Factor: punctuation with however, which and that, board papers

The Grammar Factor: shortened words, email greetings, dependent/dependant

The Grammar Factor: simply, mondegreens, question marks and quotes

The Grammar Factor: spacing after end punctuation, capitals

The Grammar Factor: styles with lists, gender-neutral pronoun, tree failure

The Grammar Factor: website relaunch offer, quotes within quotes

The Grammar Factor: words, words, words, farthest/furthest

The Grammar Factor: Write to Govern, dependent/dependant, spelling

The Grammar Factor: writing in the third person, double possessive

The Grammar Factor: writing standards, while/whilst, can?

The Grammar Factor: writing styles, apostrophes, appendices/appendixes

The role of hyphens in writing

The subjunctive mood

There, they’re, their

Title and sentence case

Titled or entitled?

Top 10 grammar myths: data is plural so must take a plural verb

Top 10 grammar myths: none always takes a singular verb

Top 10 grammar myths: you can’t start a sentence with And or But

Top 10 grammar myths: you must always use the active voice and never mix active and passive

Top 10 grammar myths: you must distinguish between as and like

Top 10 grammar myths: you must not end a sentence with a preposition

Top 10 grammar myths: you must not split an infinitive

Top 10 grammar myths: you must not start a sentence with however or hopefully

Top 10 grammar myths: you must not use the singular ‘they’

Top 10 grammar myths: you must say ‘it is I’ not ‘it is me’

Top 10 grammar tips: affect and effect

Top 10 grammar tips: company names – singular or plural?

Top 10 grammar tips: dependent and dependant

Top 10 grammar tips: I and me

Top 10 grammar tips: its and it’s

Top 10 grammar tips: modifier problems

Top 10 grammar tips: unclear pronoun referencing

Top 10 grammar tips: which and that

Top 10 grammar tips: who and whom

Toward and towards

Unchartered and uncharted

Verbalising nouns

Verbs – using the future tense

Verbs – using the past tense

Verbs – using the present tense

Web address styles

What and which


Which and that

While or whilst?

Who and that

Who and whom

Why we contract ‘will not’ to ‘won’t’

Word teasers

Writing style tip: how to avoid sexist language

Writing style tip: how to use different types of brackets

Writing style tip: how to use ellipses

Writing style tip: how to use legal and government terms

Writing style tip: how to use shortened word forms

Writing style tip: how to write about money

Writing style tip: how to write dates

Writing style tip: how to write greetings and sign-offs

Writing style tip: how to write numbers

‘Had better’ plus verb

‘One or more is’ or ‘one or more are’?

‘Reason is that’ versus ‘reason is because’

‘Than I’ versus ‘than me’

‘Used to do’ and ‘be used to’


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