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Order of Adjectives

June 10th, 2020 by Jane Turner

The Royal Order of Adjectives is instinctive for most writers – but well worth understanding.   Did you know there are specific rules as to the order of adjectives in writing? This is one of those largely unspoken rules – so unspoken that I’m not surprised how many writers don’t know about it. Yes, there […]

What is the Oxford or serial comma?

March 2nd, 2020 by Jane Turner

The Oxford comma, also known as a serial comma, is often argued.  When I was at school, it was forbidden, verboten, tiltott, prohibida, interdite – you just did not use it. I was told it was only used by those who didn’t know anything about grammar, punctuation or the rules of English language. Oh, how […]

Demystifying the Apostrophe – how and when to use an apostrophe

February 25th, 2020 by Jane Turner

I’ve noticed through my working life that a good percentage of people have trouble with apostrophes – when and how to use them.  I agree they can be confusing, so here I aim to provide a list of the main things to remember. Firstly, remember that apostrophes are mainly used to indicate ownership/possession or contractions. […]

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