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

Can you detect an error in the following sentence from a traditional grammar point of view? This book looks like it should be interesting. Many of you probably read it and thought, ‘What’s wrong with that sentence?’. The problem is that many people say like is a preposition, not a conjunction, and so should notContinue Reading

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

Many people have been taught to always use the active voice and never mix active and passive in the same piece of writing. This is nonsense. Although the active voice is often stronger than the passive voice, the passive has its uses. First, what’s the difference between active and passive voice? It’s all about theContinue Reading

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

Data is a Latin plural with a singular datum though datum is seldom used on its own any more. The Macquarie Dictionary says: ‘The connection between data the plural and datum the singular has been almost completely broken, so that while datum survives in such compounds as datum point, it does not have the frequencyContinue Reading

 
 

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