Difficult Word Pairs – Part 2

Difficult Word Pairs – Part 2

A while back I wrote about some word pairs that frequently get mixed up and are used incorrectly. It’s hard to say if it’s an effect of the notorious autocorrect feature, or if people get confused by which term and spelling to use. It’s probably a bit of both....
Difficult Word Pairs

Difficult Word Pairs

When reading various tweets and posts on social media, I can’t help but notice that a number of word pairs get mixed up and used incorrectly quite frequently. I don’t know if that’s an effect of the notorious autocorrect feature, or if people get confused on which is...
Affect vs Effect

Affect vs Effect

According to a Twitter poll I conducted recently, numerous people are challenged to use the words “affect” and “effect” correctly. These terms come up frequently in scientific and medical writing. Affect is commonly used as a verb, meaning to impact on, to influence,...
Apostrophes – They’re not for plurals!

Apostrophes – They’re not for plurals!

Welcome to the first Weekly Writing Tip. Today’s topic is my biggest pet peeve – the correct (and incorrect!) use of apostrophes. The poor apostrophe is probably the most misused punctuation mark in the English language. Repeat after me: An apostrophe + “s” is NOT...