Exploring ways to tighten up your blog writing?
Now, I didn’t do too bad in my leaving cert (end of school exams). The only reason I didn’t do even better though. Was because my language results let me down. Irish and German in particular.
My first job out of college was in the German department of a hotel booking chain. The reason I could speak German all day. Yet didn’t receive an A grade in my school exams. Was because I’m a grammar phobe. I hate grammar.
On that note, I thought it about time that I clean up my writing a little. And tackle some of the more common English grammar mistakes. Lest I repeat them again and again in my blogging.
Improving Your Writing.
I’ve tried to break down some simple grammar principles here. In language even I can understand. With some help from the guys and girls at Google.com, GrammarCheck.net and Grammarly.com. So if you get the chance. You should check the grammar sites out for yourself.
Don’t forget to check out some of my other posts on improving your writing style such as Why Does Your Writing Suck?
Can Your Blog Benefit From These Writing Mistakes, Simplified?
Let’s assume, since you are a blogger. You know the difference between there and their. And it’s and its. If you don’t, then Google is your friend. We are going to run through some other grammatical errors that people (me) make in their blog from time to time.
- Who’s vs Whose. Who’s is abbreviated for who is or who has. While whose is a pronoun, so describes a person. Eg. Who’s developed that website? Whose computer is that?
- Effect vs Affect. If you are talking about cause and effect. Use effect, the noun. Otherwise use affect, the verb. Eg. That medication had no effect on me. I took the medicine, but it didn’t affect me.
- Who vs Whom. try this simple trick: If you can replace the word with “he”’ or “’she,” use who. If you can replace it with “him” or “her,” use whom. Eg. The computer belonged to whom? Who bought a new computer?
- Then vs Than. Then is used in order or sequence. Than is used in comparison. Eg. He installed the computer, then took a break. He had more than one cup of coffee.
- : (colon) vs ; (semi-colon). colons are used to show something is following. Semi-colons join 2 independent clauses. Eg. John said: “I don’t want to do it”. John went to the shop; I followed him there.
- That vs Which. If you can remove the clause without destroying the meaning of the sentence, the clause is nonessential and you can use which. Eg. That’s the best website that I have ever seen. That’s the best computer which I saw all day.
- Regard vs Regards. Regard is used to express consideration. Regards is a friendly greeting. Eg. She shows no regard for others. My kindest regards to you and your family.
- As regards vs With Regards vs In Regards. With regards and in regards can be used interchangeably. As regards is used to introduce a topic. Eg. With regards to the rules on web design… As regards to the new web design rules.
- In vs On. Use in when something is located inside of a defined space. Use on when something is touching the surface of something.
- Commas vs full stops. A full stop ends a sentence. A comma shows a pause, breaks up a list or separates part of a sentence. If in doubt, use a full stop.
- For vs To. Use “to” when the reason or purpose is a verb. Use “for” when the reason or purpose is a noun.
- Quotes vs Italics. I use quotes only to reference written or spoken words. Otherwise, I use italics.
More ways of tightening up your blog writing?
Are there any simple writing mistakes that I’m missing? If so comment below and I’ll add them to this blog post
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