The Guardian: ten everyday grammar mistakes

The Guardian, Britian’s defender of all things grammarly, is running a piece that’s well worth reading, even if you know everything there is to know about grammar… like what I don’t.

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As well as telling you what you can’t do, the article also tells you what you can get away with, which is always helpful.

And speaking of commas…

I came across a great article in the Times a few years back. It was behind a paywall then but now it’s available for us freeloaders to see.

Giles Whittell wrote a brilliant article on why we should be looking carefully at our use commas, and he demonstrates this by writing the whole piece – without a comma.

A brave man. Here is it is.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/article3999016.ece

Fighting the comma epidemic

commaOver the years I’ve highlighted one or two punctuation guides which I’ve found useful in my writing. I’m not a stickler for punctuation rules, but I do believe that you have to understand them before you decide to break them. I’ve spent a few days reading through some of my older pieces of work to see it’s changed over the years (I’ve got a cold and I’m bored – leave me alone), and I’m pleased to see that there is much less  that I’d change about my earlier work than I thought. I think my sense of rhythm has improved, and I’m a lot more ruthless in cutting out needless fluff than I used to be. Best of all though, I use a lot less commas.

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