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Do You Make These Mistakes in Your Writing?

Have a quick look at these sentences ...

"Everyone recieved their prize."

"My uncle has a car in his garage that is fitted with safety belts."

"Her sister was that lazy that she was fired."

"My happiest moment was when my parents gave me a horse."

"My brothers got the two first tickets to the concert."

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How many mistakes did you find?

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If you make similar mistakes in your writing, you could be missing opportunities because of poor writing skills!

You know what it's like, don't you? You sit down at your desk to write something, and you know exactly what you want to say, but somewhere, on the journey from the brain to the page, the message gets lost ... 

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Sometimes, the most difficult part is knowing what topics to write about, so here are 10 hot topics to prod those little grey cells into action!

Maybe you'd rather write fiction, if so, should you choose to write a short story or a novel? Here are some tips on writing a short story and then how to write a darned good novel!

Perhaps the most common piece of writing most of us will be called on to write is a business letter ... Does your heart sink at the very thought? Here's all you need to know to write an effective business letter.

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And if you're writing about the Lone Ranger (or anything else), you must be careful you don't plagiarise the work of other writers. Here's how to avoid plagiarism.

Let's now pay a visit to one of the banes of many writers -- the dreaded apostrophe!

I have this wonderful vision of writers around the world with little silver containers of apostrophes, shaking them with gay abandon over everything they write ... But we all know that's not the way to do it. So when do you use it's and when do you use its? Click now for the answer to this question and a t'riffic tip that will help you avoid confusion with the use of apostrophes for evermore!

Following hot on the heels of apostrophes are two more problem words -- who and whom. Just exactly who is that bell tolling for? Click for a story about the Three Bears and a way to choose the right pronoun every time!

And I know what you're thinking ... I thought you couldn't end a sentence with a preposition!

This is a hugely over-rated rule, because it all depends on the context -- sometimes the construction can sound terribly contrived and awkward if you don't end with a preposition as the outburst famously attributed to Winston Churchill illustrates.  The story goes that an editor had re-cast one of Churchill’s sentences to avoid ending it in a preposition, and he scribbled the following note in response: “This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put.”

And then there's punctuation, which you ignore at your peril. Consider the following if you don't believe punctuation has a vital role to play in communication:

"Let's eat, Grandma!"

"Let's eat Grandma!"

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1. There's lots of animals at the zoo.

2. He's been laying on the beach every day of his holiday.

3. She managed to buy the three last tickets for the concert.

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 ANSWERS

"Everyone recieved their prize." INCORRECT

What's wrong with this sentence? (What's right with it?)

For a start received - remember the old chant, I before E, except after C ? This is an easy way to remember how to spell this little demon.

Secondly - everyone is, by definition, a singular pronoun - everyONE - so it stands to reason that any other pronoun associated with it must also be singular. Their is a plural pronoun.

The sentence needs to be changed to a) All the entrants received their prizes. OR b) Everyone received his or her prize. CORRECT

Note that we're talking about more than one person receiving something, so it's going to save a great deal of squabbling if they get a prize each - hence prizeS.

The reason this is such a common error, is that we're all a bit lazy and it's just too much of an effort to write his or her every time we use a singular pronoun. Always try to reword the sentence to make the subject plural and you'll avoid this problem (as in example a).

"My uncle has a car in his garage that is fitted with safety belts." INCORRECT

You should always place a phrase or clause near its noun (or noun-equivalent) of reference. As it stands now, this sentence infers that the garage was fitted with safety belts! 

"In the garage, my uncle has a car that is fitted with safety belts." CORRECT

"Her sister was that lazy that she was fired." INCORRECT

When using adverbial clauses of result, you must preserve the combination "So .... THAT ..." Never use "That .... THAT..."

"Her sister was so lazy that she was fired." CORRECT

"My happiest moment was when my parents gave me a horse." INCORRECT

Don't use "WAS WHEN..." because "when" should be a relative adverb commencing an adjectival clause. It therefore requires a noun (such as "time") as its antecedent.

"My happiest moment was the time when my parents gave me a horse." CORRECT

"My brothers got the two first tickets to the concert." INCORRECT

There can only be ONE first ticket; the next ticket is the second ticket; but together they are the first two (not the two first) tickets.

"My brothers got the first two tickets to the concert." CORRECT

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