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How to use inverted commas correctly

Inverted commas are also known as quotation marks, speech marks or just quotes. They can be single – ‘name’ or double – “name”.

Read how to use them correctly here (link to: en.oxforddictionaries.com).

Do you use this punctuation mark?

The main task of the semicolon (that’s this little punctuation mark here ūüėČ is to mark a break that is stronger than a comma, but not as final as a full stop (or period in American English). You might like to see how it’s used here (link to: en.oxforddictionaries.com).

The em dash

The long dash (also called the em dash) is a punctuation mark often used in informal writing. You can see it here (link to:en.oxforddictionaries.com) The em dash is typically used without spaces on either side. However, most newspapers (and all who follow the AP style) use the em dash with a single space on each side.

A well-known punctuation mark

Hyphens are used to link words and parts of words. We’ve spoken about them¬†before. Can you remember how¬†to use them? If you’re not sure, read Oxford Living Dictionaries’¬†article here.

This is tricky!

I needed to check this up with Grammar Girl again! ūüėČ And¬†I wasn’t really surprised to read that the spelling of do’s and don’ts is inconsistent. Even style guides and usage books don’t appear to agree on the correct punctuation. The¬†Chicago Manual of Style¬†and others recommend¬†dos and don’ts.¬†The Associated Press and others recommend¬†do’s and don’ts.Continue Reading

Check your writing with this tool

Analyzemywriting¬†is a tool that can give you a lot of information about your writing. Just paste your text on to the screen and click the button “Analyze Text!” You’ll get¬†basic text statistics, the most common words and phrases you used, your text’s readability and lexical density, and also where you’ve used passive voice.  

Are you making these email mistakes?

What are the five email mistakes that make us look unprofessional? According to an article in inc.com they are: using overly informal greetings using inappropriate jokes showing disrespect of other cultures making spelling and grammar mistakes sending incomplete messages. I’m pleased that no one has ever greeted me with a “yo” yet! ūüėČ  

The cover letter

According to the Harvard Business Review, the most challenging part of applying for a job is probably writing an effective cover letter. They recommend that you write a strong opening statement that makes clear why you want the job and why you’re right for it; are succinct, professional and mature; mention an accomplishment that shows you can address the challengesContinue Reading

Improve your writing with the Hemingway app

The Hemingway App can make your writing bold and clear. Well, that’s what the website promises. All you need to do is to post a text onto the website. Sentences marked in yellow are difficult to read. Sentences marked in red are very difficult to read. Words or phrases marked in purple¬†have simpler alternatives. WordsContinue Reading

Using the correct prepositions can boost your English!

A lot of people are not sure how to use prepositions with days, months, seasons, times and so on. Yes, they¬†can be a bit tricky. Practise prepositions of time with the Bayerischer Rundfunk’s little exercises here. How well did you do? PS This doesn’t seem to work in Safari. So I used my Chrome browser.