It’s not always easy to tell whether a noun is singular or plural. Take this example “$5 million was/were enough.” When I informally polled some writer friends, four out of five voted for “was.” That sounds right to me, too. The word “dollars” is plural, but “$5 million” becomes what grammarians call a collective noun. […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Oh, I felt so tempted to make a snarky comment about this mistake! I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.
Here are some of the most interesting, helpful books that I read during 2023. I hope you’ll find some titles that interest you. Writing Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers by Chip Health and Karla Starr. This book has great examples of effective communication with numbers. Rebel with a Clause: Takes […]
Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Oops, someone didn’t proofread this survey carefully. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.
“What quotation websites do you recommend?” A friend’s question in response to my discussion of “Famous quotes make your commentary memorable” prompted me to ask my virtual assistant to research quotation websites. I’m sharing the results of her research, along with my ideas for other ways to find quotes to spice up your writing. Quotation […]