Category: Grammar and writing help

Video: is it OK to split infinitives?

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Video: bare or bear?

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literature class

12 pronunciations to help you avoid embarrassment in literature class

As the school year picks back up again, so do your odds of having to say out loud a word in class that you’ve only ever seen on paper. Don’t worry: we’ve all been there before. That’s why we’re here to help with this list of 12 words whose pronunciation might trip you up. Obviously, […]

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Video: ‘a historic event’ or ‘an historic event’?

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book review

How to write a compelling book review

Summer is a time when many of us have a little extra time for reading. For me, that means Go Set a Watchman, some Haruki Murukami and James Lee Burke, plus summer mysteries and thrillers. It means catching up on what local authors and friends have published. And it means reading new books in my […]

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dictionaries creative

The Vital Spark: dictionaries and creative writing

I love dictionaries and thesauruses: they’re dazzling and thrilling and useful. I own a ridiculously large number (seven currently on my desk, though most of them are downstairs). I use them, for work and pleasure, all the time. But now Vineeta Gupta, Head of Oxford Children’s Dictionaries, has asked me a question about them that’s […]

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Video: ‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’

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‘In to’ versus ‘into’

A horse walks into a bar. The barman comes up and says ‘Why the long face?’ I’m rather fond of all those ‘A man/horse/alien etc. walks into a bar’ jokes, aren’t you? Some are particularly amusing, such as the following one, which fellow language-lovers should appreciate: Past, present, and future walked into a bar – […]

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