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The Case of the Dangling Participle

Dangling Participle t-shirt

Yesterday, I came across this photo of a t-shirt I wouldn’t mind wearing. I actually found it really funny, so I shared it on our Facebook page. (If you don’t visit it regularly yet, I suggest you do!) The ensuing discussion from our readers inspired me to write a quick post for the Grammar Guide. What is a dangling participle? To make it simple, let’s take a look at a few sentences. Looking around the kitchen, the shelves needed to be restocked. Starving like a lion, the pot roast disappeared within a few minutes. An untrained eye may take a [Read more…]

Think Different

Apple

I won’t deny it. I come very close to being an Apple fangirl at times, but I do not think that I will ever be a hundred percent blinded to the flaws that beset the company (just like any other company). That being said, I cannot sit back and ignore two pieces that link Apple and grammar, which are two of my favorite topics. About two weeks ago, I found myself almost snorting with laughter because of an email exchange between a Macworld UK writer and a reader. The exchange was instigated by Pedantic Reader with the subject: “Illiteracy (yours).” [Read more…]

So You Think You’re a Writer?

Writer

I have a confession. Sometimes, when I meet people for the first time, and I am asked what I do for a living, I hesitate. I know what I do, but there are moments when I don’t feel like using the word “write” and its derivatives. I still cannot pinpoint the reason, but the next time it happens, I shall certainly think about it again. Has that happened to any of you? Maybe you find it easy to put on the label “writer”, but whether or not you do, what I’d like to share in today’s Grammar Guide is something [Read more…]

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

Grammar can be a pain in the butt, but grammar can also be fun. In the recent weeks, the Grammar Guide has been rather serious. Why don’t we have a little bit of fun today, and take a look at this infographic called “15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly”? The light tone of the title notwithstanding, the mistakes – let’s call a spade a spade – are really not that silly at all. As we always say, everyone makes mistakes. When it comes to the 15 in the infographic, however, unless they are typographical mistakes, committing the errors [Read more…]

Funny English Signs

Funny English Signs

We all make mistakes. There really is nothing wrong with that as long as we can take constructive feedback. A little sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves make everything better. Understandably, we might find it easier to chuckle when the mistake is not ours! Still, that does not mean that we should not make it a point to be open to admitting our mistakes and making sure they are corrected. All this talk about mistakes stems from the topic of today’s grammar post. I think it’s about time we have a little fun, and take a look [Read more…]

And I Quote…

And I Quote...

We all have our pet peeves when it comes to writing, and I think that some of you will agree that the prevalent habit of misusing – or overusing – quotations marks is of those things.  To be honest, this does not bother me as much as interchanging your and you’re.  However, the discovery of a blog focusing on the unnecessary use of quotation marks has led me to write about the issue. Before I bombard you with some rules on the use of quotation marks, let me add a little bit of fun to your Monday by sharing how [Read more…]

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