Grammar Slammer

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

Active voice vs. passive voice

April 25, 2019
Passive voice is believed by many to have no place in the professional and academic worlds, yet many people struggle to differentiate active and passive voice. Mignon Fogarty explains the differences and offers ways to easily point out passive voice.

Eliminate this wimpy word

March 27, 2019
The English language has a bounty of words you can use in place of very. Make it a point to strike every very from your prose.

Avoid run-on sentences

February 27, 2019
Test your ability to find and correct run-on sentences.

Which word should I use?

October 24, 2018
Five clarifications for word usage.

Portmanteaus to the rescue

September 26, 2018
Here is a list of words you may be surprised are actually portmanteaus.

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.