In Business Writing, Make Sure You Keep It Simple…

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Something I notice on a regular basis when I read business letters, memos, reports, and other such documents is the use of unnecessary words to over-describe a situation or condition. These are known as redundant or superfluous words. It’s very easy to get into this bad habit when writing. I ...

Words Commonly Confused and/or Misused (2)

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A few months ago I posted the first in a series of articles I have written about words that are often used incorrectly. That was an extension and expansion of a similar series I had done about three years before that. This current post is the second in my latest ...

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 ...

Proper Preposition Phrases

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

On a daily basis, I see and/or hear improper preposition usage. In fact, it drives me crazy when I hear supposedly well educated people on national radio and TV misuse common prepositions in their reporting of the news and current events. Just to be clear as to what I’m talking about ...

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 ...

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. 9

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This is the 9th and final installment in my ongoing series of words and/or terms that are commonly confused in everyday writing and speaking. Some of these words/terms are used in informal speech as "colloquialisms" but should not be used in most types of formal writing. As I said, this is final ...

Irregular Plural Nouns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The plural form of many nouns in English is irregular. Although, the standard way to pluralize a word in English is to add an "s" at the end of the word, there are many exceptions. Many of these non-standard or irregular plurals are non-intuitive, and the only way to know ...

Two-Word Verbs (3) – The List Goes On…

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

I posted the first two parts of my two-word verb list in October 2012 (those starting with letters a to g); and in March 2013 (for the letters h to q). This final installment covers those two-word verbs that start with letters r to w. As I pointed out in ...

No Wonder English Is Difficult…

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

I have often heard it said that English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I’m not sure how true this is since English is my original mother tongue and came naturally to me as I grew up. In fact, my personal language-learning difficulties have come while trying ...