Words Commonly Confused and/or Misused (1)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

A couple of years ago I posted a series of articles about words that are often used incorrectly. This is the beginning of another multi-part series on a similar subject but with even more confused and/or misused words than before. I’m starting the list of words in alphabetical order and ...

The Most Misused Words…

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Over the years I have written a number of blog posts lamenting the poor English usage that I see and hear all around me every day. Yes, the language is alive and constantly growing and evolving, so I do try to let a lot of things go. I do understand ...

Common Irregular Verbs (4)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In March, August and November of last year I published the first three installments of my mini-series on the use and abuse of irregular verbs in English. Here’s the fourth and second last installment: The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most ...

Writing Help Top 10 – 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

During 2014 more than 3 million people from over 220 countries visited my various writing help websites looking for information and templates to help them with their writing projects. So, in my usual year-end post to The Write Place Blog I am giving you the Top Ten most popular writing ...

Common Irregular Verbs (3)

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

In March and August of this year I published the first two installments of my mini-series on the use and abuse of irregular verbs in English. Here’s the third installment: The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most dictionaries list all of ...

Commonly Confused Words/Terms – No. 8

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This is another article in my ongoing series about common errors used in everyday English. It’s an excerpt from my long “list” of words and/or terms that I notice are commonly confused in everyday writing and speaking. Some of these words/terms are used in informal speech as “colloquialisms” but should ...

Two-Word Verbs Can Be Tricky (1)

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The two-word “verb phrase” is a common type of verb usage that, in writing or speaking, can sometimes be confusing. These verb phrases are idiomatic expressions that usually cannot be understood literally when on their own, and need to be combined with an “object” to make sense. For example, on ...

Homonyms Can Be Confusing

Monday, July 30th, 2012

In case you might have forgotten learning this in school, “homonyms” are words that are spelled the same and/or similar to other words, and sound the same (or almost the same) when spoken; but have a completely different meaning. If you don’t get your homonyms right, you are likely to ...