Grammar tips

Panda

Why pandas carry guns 

According to a recent Google Doodle, this year marks the 187th since the birth of the man widely considered to be the father of modern football, Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Riveting stuff indeed. But even more noteworthy than that particularly fascinating sporting nugget is that 2018 also marks exactly 15 years since Lynne Truss published her widely acclaimed book, ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’, the zero-tolerance approach to punctuation. Why is this important? Because within its pages lies the information you need…

Why pandas carry guns  was last modified on November 29th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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KISS - keep it simple

Why it’s important to create an organisation Style Guide

Big businesses have in-house style manuals or style guides which set out basic grammar rules and conventions, plus those used specifically by the company. This is so each document put out by the business, including emails, is presented consistently. For instance, every time an employee creates a bullet list, the style guide means, in theory anyway, that they will stick to the company’s convention for bullet points. It could be that semi colons are always used at the end of…

Why it’s important to create an organisation Style Guide was last modified on December 1st, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Comma

How a simple comma could cost you business

A misplaced comma can come at an almighty cost. Just ask Oakhurst Dairy in Maine, USA. They’ve recently been embroiled in a landmark court case over their interpretation of a law which excludes overtime pay for companies involved in the ‘…drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of’ certain products. One side argued that ‘packing for shipment or distribution’ was one activity; the other side claimed it was two. And with around $10M at stake if three employees suing…

How a simple comma could cost you business was last modified on August 28th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Right/Wrong

11 writing mistakes anyone can make

Affect vs. Effect ‘Affect’ is a verb that means ‘cause a change in’ or ‘influence’. ‘Effect’ is mostly used as a noun, although when we write in a formal style we occasionally use it as a verb meaning ‘to carry out’ or ‘cause to happen’. She was greatly affected by the latest news. Smoking will affect your health. Take care of your personal effects. The sound effects are amazing. The lawyer effected a great result.   Me, Myself, I While…

11 writing mistakes anyone can make was last modified on September 13th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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fresh pair of eyes

Five ways to make your document free of typos

Editing and proofreading your own work is tough. We’re too close to it to proofread it perfectly. A fresh pair of eyes is the answer. If you don’t have anybody to help you, then rest between the time you write and the time you proofread—at least overnight. By doing this, you’ll gain some distance from your writing and you’ll have your own fresh pair of eyes with which to view your content. When you’re ready, here’s how to do it.…

Five ways to make your document free of typos was last modified on August 28th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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Have you ever made these embarrassing grammar or spelling mistakes?

During a recent radio interview a prominent Sydney barrister was several times heard to use the phrase ‘it was more better’, highlighting that even the most seemingly educated of people aren’t immune from make embarrassing grammatical or spelling mistakes.  Here are some common ones to avoid. I could care less Really? Then feel free to do so until you can’t any more, at which point you can then use the correct expression – ‘I couldn’t care less’. It’s a far…

Have you ever made these embarrassing grammar or spelling mistakes? was last modified on August 28th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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English grammar

Do you make these common English mistakes?

When you’re typing or texting at speed, it’s easy to spell a word incorrectly. But mistakes can completely change the context of your message and often make you sound just plain silly. Make sure you sound like you know what you’re talking about by using these words correctly. Compliment/complement When two words sound identical, it can make it difficult to know which the right one to use is. A ‘compliment’ is an expression of admiration such as, ‘You look just…

Do you make these common English mistakes? was last modified on August 14th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Words not to use

Words to avoid in your B2B writing

Here are some suggestions for words to avoid in in your B2B writing. Personal judgement words. It’s common to see a business describe itself as the’ best’ or as the ‘leading’ in its field. Unless, you have independent evidence to prove your business really is the best, avoid judgement words. For example, it’s just not credible to say: “We are the leading law firm…” It is better to say: “Five of Australia’s top 10 listed businesses choose our legal advice.”…

Words to avoid in your B2B writing was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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write words

How to get those fiddly words right (or should it be ‘write’)

While speed of communication is of paramount importance these days, sacrificing accuracy for speed is a no go, particularly if it leads to your business communication making a poor impression. Here’s the latest in our series of understanding commonly misused words to get off on the right foot. Affect/effect These two words sound so similar it’s easy to getting them confused. “Affect” is a verb and means to influence something. “Effect” is most commonly used as a noun, so it…

How to get those fiddly words right (or should it be ‘write’) was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Comma

Could a comma cost you $10M?

If you think that “never underestimate the importance of a comma” sounds like an exercise in uber-pedantry, then just ask the US dairy company now facing an overtime bill of approximately $10M about their recent experience. And it’s all because of one of those innocuous-looking little black squiggles known as the Oxford comma. Rarely used in the UK or Australia, but widely used in the US, an Oxford comma is used after the penultimate item in a list of three…

Could a comma cost you $10M? was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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