As writers it’s essential that we get to grips with the basics, and that means having a firm grasp of grammar, words and punctuation. Here are some posts to get you started.
“No matter that you have a PhD and have read all of Henry James twice. If you still persist in writing, “Good food at it’s best”, you deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave.”
― Lynne Truss,
That may be a little harsh. But if you don’t want to risk that fate, make sure you know where (and where not) to put your apostrophes and other punctuation marks.
Verbs are the lifeblood of any sentence. Things to consider when using verbs include:
- Tense – past, present or future?
- Number – singular or plural?
- Mood – subjunctive, indicative or imperative?
- Voice – passive or active?
You’ve got to love English. It’s full of words that sound or look similar but can have very different meanings. Don’t get caught out.