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

They’re, their, there. What’s the problem?

They sound so similar and, as one of the most common grammar mistakes, they trip a lot of people up. When I see it used incorrectly, it makes me want to scream. What is the heinous crime I talk about? It's improper use of they're/their/there.

16 May 2018 by Steve Linney

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