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Old Style Writing

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27 September 2012

In a post last June, I referred to how I was taught to use commas. In those days, we were supposed to use them in nine places. I still don’t remember all nine, so don’t even ask.


Why so many commas?

I was reminded of that old-fashioned use of commas while reading the lead article from the first issue of Scientific American

Grammar Bite #24 – Use of ‘alternate’ and ‘alternative’

21 September 2012


What’s the difference in the meaning of these two sentences?

·      They took an alternate route to work.

·      They took an alternative route to work.


It can be easy to confuse alternate and alternative, but they both have distinct meanings and uses.


Alternate can be a noun, verb or adjective.


·      As a noun, it is similar in meaning to

Writing Models (Part 2)

14 September 2012


This week’s blog will be very short.


Last week I talked about how difficult it was to find good models of business documents that can help you when you write.


One reader, Scott, sent me an email about how his colleagues help each other with their writing:


When some of my colleagues read a well-written email, they forward it to the

Writing Models

7 September 2012

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You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read more. To encourage reading, I suggest to trainees in my courses that they read things they enjoy – anything from fashion or sports or computer magazines to newspapers and novels (in English, of course).


I recently read a blogpost in which the writers suggested that you should focus your reading on the types of documents you need to write. …

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