In some instances, misusing words can lead to unintentional, humorous results. Here’s how to easily identify these common mistakes.
Before deciding whether to replace “social” with “sociable,” learn about this centuries-old zombie rule that stumps copyeditors to this day.
A rule exists claiming that the word “appreciate” should not be used to mean “value.” Interestingly, multiple dictionaries beg to differ.
Sometimes, copyediting rules can be subjective. The common yet controversial use of the word “get” is no exception.
Of which, or whose? Here’s what history has to say about the grammatical correctness of these commonly used phrases.
If you’re writing for a client and are told to allow “that” to represent a person, breathe a sigh of relief: doing so doesn’t break any rules.
It’s not enough for copyeditors to know the rules of grammar; we must have editorial judgment on how and when to apply those rules. Editing instructors can give their students that judgment.
Adjectives can be a writer’s greatest friend, creating rich images and clear meaning. They can also be a writer’s worst enemy.
What’s a participle and how on earth would you know it’s dangling? A quick grammar lesson to help you fix danglers and say what you mean.
Don’t let your readers get distracted from your message by using a word that riles them up. Become familiar with skunked terms.