Are You Ingenuous or Ingenious?

Confused

When I was teaching ESL, lessons on confusing word pairs were inevitable.  The level of the learner was irrelevant.  My students all needed clarification on certain word pairs.  Interestingly enough, I have discovered than even native speakers of English have similar issues.  The words in question may be of a more advanced level, but the […]

What’s Missing?

Scattered puzzle pieces next to solved fragment

In oral communication, it is quite normal to speak in fragments.  This is especially true for informal conversations.  While I have nothing against that, it is another matter altogether when it comes to formal speech and writing.  Actually, even if you’re writing informally for your blog or web site, sentence fragments should be a no […]

What’s the Apostrophe Doing There?

apples

The apostrophe is an innocuous-looking thing, but it does have the power to screw things up – just like the comma.  I don’t know about you, but I feel so uncomfortable when I see signs and other written material that look like the following. Photo credit: Jeffrey Hill Photo credit: Quezi So what’s wrong with […]

Not a Best of: The Freelance Writing Jobs Network Highlights of 2009

NewYears Colour Lights 2010

We had a good year at the Freelance Writing Jobs network. We made many new friends, kept the conversation going with old friends and received some very honorable mentions. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of this year. Mind you, this isn’t a “best of” post as we already did that. […]