Grammar goofs: classic syntax attacks by the UK Daily Fail

A quick glance at the UK’s Daily Fail – especially on weekends when they leave the cleaners to write the stories – shows you just how ridiculous you look when you get the noun-verb relationships and other syntax wrong.

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“The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also shared another video clip while walking with her boyfriend Tyga, 27, in the gold one-piece bathing suit.” Tyga, your choice of swimwear is beginning to worry me.

Do you ever do this? Of course not…but just in case you might miss the odd goof, the following will ensure that you never make a tw*t of yourself as these Daily Fail writers do…

The latest grammar goofs from one of the UK’s most “popular” newspapers

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Do you get the syntax attacks? Here’s the cure…

Do you ever get your nouns and verbs and knickers in a knot? It’s surprising how many people do, as you’ll see from this selection of absolute howlers taken from picture captions in one of the UK’s most popular daily newspapers.

But while we have a good laugh at some of these dipsh*t goofs, at the same time we can also learn a few things from them to help us with our own writing.

Syntax writing mistakes on How To Write Better .net

Syntax: what is it and why does it matter in your writing?

Basically (purists: I will apologise only once, OK?) syntax just means the way sentences are formed … and getting your syntax right means your sentences are understandable, and mean exactly what you intend.

This sounds simple enough.

However syntax is very, very easy to get wrong, as this classic caption demonstrates… [Read more…]

How to write better thanks to GSPS

A new form of satellite navigation system? No – a new formula to use to help you write better for your work, leisure or creative writing, as I originally mentioned in this article.

HTWB GSPS 01It’s simple, and it works because it’s simple.

Here’s how to use GSPS to help you write better…

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Latest unforgivable writing mistakes on social media last week…

What’s wrong with you guys? In the last week I have been online a lot, mostly because I’m at home recovering from pneumonia and catching up with my writing after a week in the hospital.

Could you write better than this?

And what do I find in social media posts, blog posts, emails, web text, etc., written by intelligent, educated business folks but the following … and trust me, these represent the tip of the iceberg… [Read more…]

Grammar quiz again – fun with this ridiculous language, answers

And welcome back to our Grammar Quiz … following on from our earlier quiz this year with the questions here and the answers here. As I said last week, this one is slightly different in format and is based on an exercise we do in one of my workshops.

Grammar quiz again - fun with this ridiculous language, answersSo now, the answers to the quiz put up last week. I deliberately have avoided using any grammar jargon so anyone can get why some are wrong and some are right, without being flummoxed with pompous verbiage… [Read more…]

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…]

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