Are adverbs the enemy of powerful writing?

The adverb is a contentious issue among writers. But, what advice should you follow to become a better writer?

21 February 2019 by Laura Kelly

3 authors’ love letters to inspire you this Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, you can surprise your loved one with a handwritten letter. Let some of history’s most celebrated writers inspire you.

14 February 2019 by Laura Kelly

Do Inuits really have 50 words for snow?

The belief that the Inuit have dozens of different words for snow has become a widely known piece of linguistic trivia. But, where did this belief come from, and how close is it to the truth?

8 February 2019 by Laura Kelly

Festive children’s books we love

As we move toward the middle of December – already! – we’re thinking about festive children’s books we adore, from their stories to their wonderful illustrations. After all, children’s books are the most readable of all, and we’re all about encouraging children’s early learning.

19 December 2018 by Laura Kelly

How to swear like the old days

Modern English lets us down when it comes to swearing. What words from old English can bring back the shock factor?

31 August 2018 by Steve Linney

Making sense of grammar – when nouns and verbs look alike

English has such odd little quirks tucked away in random spots. For native speakers, it comes as second nature to speak and write in certain ways. But, when you stop to really think about what you just said or wrote, it makes no sense. Why are certain things are said or written in that way?

2 August 2018 by Dave Child

Four words from German that English really needs

The German language can be soft and even melodious at times. Here are some examples of German's more lyrical side.

2 August 2018 by Dave Child

Common word crimes and how to avoid them

Understanding how English fits together is the key to good grammar and great readability.

28 June 2018 by Steve Linney

Unusual American town names

English is known for interesting oddities, including some fabulous American town names. From the obscure to the sublime, it makes traveling through the US even more interesting.

1 June 2018 by Steve Linney

Readable grammar 101: How to use there, their and they’re

Confusing ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ is a common grammar mistake. Learn how to tell the difference between these words so you can use them correctly. 

16 May 2018 by Laura Kelly

English grammar – commas and the complex sentence

One of the most common errors identified in writing is the misuse of commas in complex sentences. Here are a few simple pieces of information to help you understand the basic rules of usage.

8 May 2018 by Dave Child

4 words or phrases from French that English really needs

Mon Dieu the French. They are so precisely impeccable about the use of their language. Anyone who has visited France knows that if you attempt to stumble through even the simplest dialogue with a native speaker you had better know what you are saying.

14 March 2018 by Dave Child