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Formal Writing and Standard Written English

Formal writing can be difficult. (Image courtesy of nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Sometimes trying to be honest can backfire horribly, an unfortunate truth that David Foster Wallace addresses in his essay ‘Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage’ (in Harper’s Magazine, April 2001; available online here). The hard truth he tells is this: that, even though it’s unfair and elitist and discriminatory, anyone who wants [...]

The Funny Grammar Guide to Apostrophe Abuse

Apostrophe abuse

This week, the Funny Grammar Guide takes pity on the poor, mistreated apostrophe! Check out our simple English grammar rules to learn how to punctuate your writing properly every time and give the poor, abused apostrophe a break!

The Funny Grammar Guide to Making a Point

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This week the Funny Grammar Guide looks at some of the most important grammar and spelling rules to remember when you are trying to use your writing to make an important point. And the mistakes you really, really ought to avoid...

The Funny Grammar Guide to Road Signs Part 2

Funny Grammar Road signs

The Funny Grammar Guide to Road Signs continues with a selection of our very favourite roadside gaffes! Alongside them are the spelling and grammar rules you'll need to avoid making the same mistakes yourself!

The Funny Grammar Guide to Road Signs Part 1

Funny Grammar Road Signs

We've all seen funny signs featuring silly grammar and spelling mistakes. We take some examples of the most common mistakes and teach you the grammar and spelling rules to avoid making the same errors yourself.

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