February 2009

The use of it's and its seem to get a lot of people confused. I even saw this on a website recently - I swear this is true - 'i'ts very good!' Nope. It's very bad. So this is the easiest way to remember: It's is a contraction of it is. So It's (it is) a nice day. It's (it is) a...

What's the difference between a concrete noun and an abstract noun? What's that I hear you cry? Who cares? Stay with me. I'm attempting to perform a public service.   A concrete noun is a noun that can be seen, smelt, tasted, touched, heard. So, I wore a nice watch to the party. Watch is a concrete noun. Trickier to recognise, an abstract noun...

Do you remember being told at school that you can't start a sentence with a conjunction i.e. a joining word like And, But, Yet? Well here's a shocker: you can.If you want to be really formal you might want to use In addition or Nevertheless.But for the rest of us mere mortals starting a sentence with And or But is...

I was amused by a letter in this week's Design Week, in which Richard Murray, of London's Williams Murray Hamm, grumbles about the rubbishy press releases he receives from design consultants.He complains of meaningless statements like 'the brighter red feels more contemporary'. And refers to 'merging the word Air and France asserts Air France's international status while preserving its traditional...

Ok, one more time.Man is singular. If the wardrobe essentials belong to a man it should be a man's wardrobe essentials. Men is the plural of man. If the wardrobe essentials belong to the men it should be men's wardrobe essentials. Men apostrophe S.Like this: men's.Not mens. Mens is not a word....

Interesting question this.It's generally thought the best time to send a sales email is between 10.00am and 10.30am and between 1.00pm and 1.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.Monday is out of the question. Too many other things to deal with. Friday, forget it. No-one is thinking about work on a Friday. In the UK the weekend starts on a Thursday night. The...