Grammar Slammer

Punctuation, usage, spelling … the Grammar Slammer is keeping an eye on the way we use (and misuse!) the written word.

How’s your Latin?

August 22, 2018
Latin words and expressions are quite common in documents and speech, especially in the legal sphere. Complete this test to see how well you know your Latin.

Watch out for these 6 tricky expressions

July 25, 2018
Even the most grammar conscious people can still make mistakes, writes Sharon Reynolds for Hubspot. Here are the six expressions people still use incorrectly.

Punctuation takes on meaning in your texts

July 25, 2018
Texting does not need the same attention to punctuation as your other writing does. But much of your punctuation (or absence of it) carries an unspoken subtle message.

Odds and ends to improve your writing

June 27, 2018
Here are some random rules to help kick your writing up a notch.

‘Which’ or ‘that’?

May 23, 2018
That’s the question that can stump people. Or is it the question which can stump people? Let’s see.

Just a victim of hypercorrection

April 25, 2018
Yes, we know the rules, but somehow apply them incorrectly in the attempt to get it right. Huh? That’s called hypercorrection.

Use the right word: Who or whom simplified

March 29, 2018
If you’re not sure, just answer or reword the sentence using he for who, and him for whom.

Rules to lighten up on

December 22, 2017

There are several common grammar rules people love to cite when offering corrections for things that aren’t really wrong, writes Lauren Davis at io9. If you’ve been scolded for one of these, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Writing for international readers

December 1, 2017
Writing for an international audience requires a different approach than you would use when writing for an audience whose primary language is English. When writing for international readers, keep these guidelines in mind.

The royal order of adjectives

November 14, 2017

Here’s an English language rule you follow without putting much thought into why or how you do it: the ordering of multiple adjectives.