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Written on Feb, 08, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

The English language is a weird one alright. There are rules for this and rules for that but just when you think you’ve got to grips with them then the exceptions come! Grammar Tips For Verbs When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘worshipped/worshiped’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. See below …

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Written on Jan, 07, 2019 by in , | Leave a comment

A short blog post this month but an important one. Should the seasons have capital letters? The simple answer is no.  They are common nouns, not proper nouns and should be written lowercase.  Unless they are incorporated in a name, e.g. ‘Summer Retreat’ or ‘Rocky Mountain Spring Hotel’. Examples: Where are you going this autumn? – Correct I’ve been skiing twice …

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Written on Sep, 18, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Do not rely solely on your spell-checker, as the following illustrates: I have a spelling chequer, It came with my pea sea, It plainly marks four my revue, Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key an type a word, And weight four it two say, Weather eye am wrong oar write, It shows me strait a weigh. …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

The word was popularised and begun in 1840 as a slogan of the O.K. Club, a Democratic party political club of the 1840s. It stands for Old Kinderhook, the nickname of President Martin Van Buren, from New York. It became popular to describe a member of this club as ‘an OK guy’ because the party was seen largely as a …

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Written on Sep, 17, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

These days, when talking of the Internet world, most users will use ‘online’ and this denotes the Internet concept. Way back, when these words were starting out, many forms were seen in written communications (online, on line and on-line); the difference between them (i.e. the use of the hyphen) is very important and applies to many other grammatical forms. It’s now …

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