Embarrassing Errors #5

Yet Another

By Annette Rey

The mother site of this error disturbs me more than the error itself. It is a major broadcasting television channel I have trusted for integrity. I believe the producers, directors, editors, and other staff, produce high quality material.

So, if they predominantly please, why is targeting any error important? Why do I complain and why do these discoveries bother me?

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Using Infer and Imply

Grammar Help

By Annette Rey

A difference exists between the words infer and imply. Labels of parts of speech can be confusing – transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, etc. – so I am doing away with those terms, and simply looking at how the words are used.

The examples presented should be extremely helpful for polishing your writing.

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THERE Can Be Ubiquitous

Keep a Look Out for the Word There

By Annette Rey

There is a troublesome word which is very overused. It is a word I do not like as it seems to sneak in everywhere. Advanced writers know how to limit its use. Here are a few hints for you.

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Wonderful Words – Elegant and Eloquent

Writers Love Words

By Annette Rey

Believe it or not, elegant and eloquent can be incorrectly used. They are similar in sound, each have three syllables, they both start with e and both end in t. I sympathize with people trying to learn English. Though these words have a completely different meaning, to the untrained ear, the delicate nuance between them can be missed. The sad thing I find, some whose primary language is English misuse these words.

Here is a simple reminder.

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Helpful Reference Books for Writers

Who’s (oops) Whose Grammar Book Is This Anyway? by C. Edward Good

The Big Ten of Grammar by William B. Bradshaw, PhD

Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing by Thomas S. Kane

Punctuation, Plain and Simple by Edgar C. Alward and Jean A. Alward

Prentice Hall Reference Guide by Muriel Harris

Getting the Words Right, How to Rewrite, Edit, and Revise by Theodore A. Rees Cheney