Tag: rules

How to make less* mistakes in your writing

Less or fewer: writing tips

I recently overheard a radio news presenter refer to “less people” at a particular event. The issue of whether to use less or fewer in a sentence is one that catches many people out. This is confirmed by Oxford Dictionaries,

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Apostrophes: how to use (not abuse) them

The humble apostrophe may be small and trivial to some, but its correct usage brings disproportionate pleasure to all us grammar geeks. My personal bugbears are apostrophes used in plural nouns or decades (1980’s makes me cringe every time), or when it’s is used instead of its and

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