November 2008

Using the colon correctly will amaze your friends and impress your colleagues. Hey, it may even get you a promotion.The colon has two main uses:1. It lets you know that what follows is an explanation or an elaboration of what came before You need to know one thing about English cricket: we can't bat to save our lives.I'll tell you...

The good old fashioned sales letter is often the first contact a prospective customer has with your company. Get it right and it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Get it wrong and your letter will be filed under B for bin.1. Woo-hoo I'm here! You must grab the attention of the letter opener within about 4-8 seconds,...

I love the expression dangling modifier. But what is it? And is it catching?  A dangling modifier refers to a phrase which doesn't have a grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence. This can have hilarious consequences. Ok, it can be vaguely amusing:  Having been kicked in the air, the baby caught the ball. What was kicked? The ball or the...

Not sure when to use a question mark? Confused as to where it should go? Probably not as it's one of the easiest bits of punctuation to get right. But here's a quick recap.Do use a question markAt the end of a sentence with a direct question: 'is kick-off at 7.45pm tonight?'In brackets when you're not sure of a...