6 Common Preposition Errors

Prepositions are tricky words, especially if you speak English as a second language. They’re common and mostly very short (e.g. ‘at’ or ‘on’), so they’re easy to mix up. Many have several ...

Word Choice: Every Day vs. Everyday

In speech, most people would struggle to tell the difference between ‘every day’ and ‘everyday’. But these terms each have specific meanings, so on paper you need to make sure that you use the...

Word Choice: If vs. Whether

Word are tricky things. Take ‘if’ and ‘whether’, for example. Sometimes these terms are interchangeable. As such, you can use either word in these cases without worrying which is ‘correct’...

Grammar Tips: Understanding Grammatical Mood

The world of grammar is full of unsung heroes. The various grammatical moods, for example, are often overlooked. However, every sentence imaginable has a ‘mood’ of some kind. As such, here is our ...

Word Choice: Can, May or Could?

For today’s blog post, we’re putting on our best suit and tie. That’s because we’re dealing with some formal English: specifically, the differences between ‘can’, ‘may’ and ‘could’...

Know Your Prepositions! (As, At and By)

Picking the right preposition can be tricky. After all, there are so many to choose from! But prepositions can make a big difference to the meaning of a sentence, so it’s important to know how these...

Grammar Tips: Different From, To or Than?

It’s important to celebrate difference. But, being proofreaders, we want to be grammatical while we do so. Which leads us to a problem: should we say ‘different from’, ‘different to’ or ‘d...

Word Choice: Shall vs. Will

Following up on our previous post about the future tense, we thought we should take a closer look at the words ‘will’ and ‘shall’. How should they be used? Are they interchangeable? And how do...

Grammar Tips: The Future Tense

In the world of English grammar, there is no future. OK, that sounded a bit dramatic. What we meant is that there’s no dedicated future tense verb form in English. For instance, while the past tense...

Grammar Tips: Regular and Irregular Verbs

Most verbs are fairly well behaved. But there are many that break the rules at every given opportunity. These rebellious words are known as irregular verbs. Knowing the difference between regular and ...