Grammar tips
Don’t cook your family, Rachael!
On May 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

The other day, a friend who shares my passion for good grammar posted the following picture on Facebook: While this example may be a bit extreme (yet hilarious), it shows that punctuation is important! Too often writers are lazy about using commas correctly, but as demonstrated above, one or more missing ones can completely change […]

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Between you and ME
On April 3, 2012 | 1 Comments

In my last post, I discussed the importance of using pronouns. This week, I’d like to address the importance of using the correct pronouns. One particular – and extremely common – pronoun error that drives me crazy is the misuse of I. At some point, most children get chastised for using the pronoun “me” instead […]

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Don’t be afraid to use pronouns
On March 27, 2012 | 1 Comments

Imagine you’re having coffee with a friend (we’ll call her Julie), and she says “Oh my gosh, I have the funniest story to tell you about that guy John I’ve been seeing!” You smile and sip your pumpkin spice latte, ready to listen. Then imagine that Julie begins her story like this (read aloud for […]

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More grammar pet peeves
On February 14, 2012 | 3 Comments

In previous posts, I addressed random capitalization and the incorrect use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. (See below for a recent example on the apostrophe overload– even Pepsi got it wrong the other night!) I enjoyed the fun reaction I got to those posts, so here I go again with the grammar thing. I […]

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Just say NO to random capitalization!
On September 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

I blogged a couple weeks ago about a particular grammar pet peeve of mine, and today I have a new one: capitalizing words that shouldn’t be capitalized! Unfortunately, I see this a lot. Here are some typical examples of mistakes authors often make, both in their books and their marketing communications: He’s the Vice President […]

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The plural of book is NOT book’s!
On August 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

I have a new grammar pet peeve: the use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. In just the past few weeks, I’ve seen the following on signs, menus and posters around New York City: Great gift idea for teacher’s Open Sunday’s and Monday’s We print on tank top’s! Banana’s and mango’s on sale […]

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