Grammar quiz again – fun with this ridiculous language, questions

Grammar quiz again - fun with this ridiculous language ... questions (answers next week)As everyone seemed to enjoy our last grammar quiz with questions here and answers here, I thought we’d try another one for fun.

This one is slightly different in format and is based on an exercise we do in one of my workshops.

Answers next week…so watch out for them.

In the meantime, by all means jot down what you feel are the correct sentences, in the comments section down below.

Read on, and good luck! [Read more…]

The writing on the wall: Mediocrity is the New Black…

OK, let’s get the objections out of the way here and now. I’m a professional writer and the wrong side of 50.

The writing on the wall: Mediocrity is the New Black...But are those the only reasons why I get so irritated by sloppy, fault-ridden business writing that not only is cosmetically bad, but also is poorly structured and heaving with inaccuracies?

A while back the PR consultant working for one of my publishers sent me what I thought was a very early draft of a press release they were going to do about my latest book. [Read more…]

Business writing quiz: Ta Da! The answers …

After last week’s questions, here are the answers you’ve all been waiting for … and scroll down to find the winner!

Business writing quiz: Ta Da! The answers ...

Here are the answers!

All correct answers are shown in bold type…

Which of the following sentences use correct grammar?

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Business writing quiz: how many grammar questions can you get right?

The other day I was asked to do a workshop about business writing for some senior job seekers … and rather than give them a specific tutorial about grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax I thought it would be more fun to run a short quiz.Business writing quiz: how many grammar questions can you get right?
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Writing properly for business: why does it matter? Really?

Lots of experts tell you that it’s important to write properly for business. I am no exception.

Writing properly for business: why does it matter? Really?

It’s not just about pleasing the Grammar Fascists … writing properly for business wins you more credibility

In fact I am often accused of being a Grammar Fascist (Grammar Nazis have fallen foul of the Political Correctness Police, by the way) because I maintain that basic goofs in English are a no-no if you want to be taken seriously in business.

It’s not just for the obvious reasons why writing properly for business matters.

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Horrible Homophones – the hole storey

Knot two no you’re homophones, as guest contributor Sondra Smith from Virginia, USA, points out, is a recipe for writing disaster as she acknowledged with my recent series on spelling goofs caused by these evil beasts. But given Sondra’s delightful sense of humor, homophones are not quite the villains they may seem. Please welcome her to HTWB along with her incredible collection of homophones.

Horrible Homophones - the hole storeyAll of us know what a challenge it is to write the correct homophones (same sounding words). Many of us have misused them time and time again before knowing about the “other” homophones.  In the business world, it is extremely important to use the correct homophone when writing. [Read more…]

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