Clarity – Word Order Matters

We have said many times that one of the main purposes of grammar is clarity. If your meaning is not clear, then your message is lost. To this end, we look at the placing of one word and how it can change meaning or simply confuse.   Word order matters!   Consider the following –… Continue reading

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How is your garden growing?

Wait? Isn’t this a site for editing and copywriting services? Why are you talking about gardening?   Ah, well, it’s just that time of year… No, seriously, it’s a metaphor.   In south-west Ontario, if you want to enjoy a beautiful garden for the whole of our – shortish – summer, then May/June,  is prime… Continue reading

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The oft-neglected subjunctive – it’s important that we be aware of it

  Unlike many European languages, the subjunctive mood is relatively rare in English. Nonetheless, if you’re wanting your written English to be flawless, it’s definitely worth understanding the appropriate use of the subjunctive.       Consider the following:   If I were you, I wouldn’t lend him money.   If your brother were here,… Continue reading

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Change – the only constant (Part 2)

As we wrote last month, change is constant. Not only vocabulary, but grammar and punctuation also change, albeit quite slowly.   Part 2: Grammar Changes in grammar “rules” evolve fairly slowly over time. How much grammar use has changed since you learned the basics at school will largely depend on how old you are. In… Continue reading

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Change – the only constant

Change. It happens constantly, whether we like it or not. As we reach the middle of February, we are already, in some places, seeing signs of winter finally turning towards spring. The seasons change year after year – nothing can stop this change. At the same time, the way we work has changed for many… Continue reading

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