Category Archives: Spelling Tips
Idiom Corner: Free Rein or Free Reign?

Today in Idiom Corner, we’re looking at a common expression: ‘free rein’. Or should that be spelled ‘free reign’? In short, no: ‘free rein’ is the original and correct term here. Neverth...

24 April 2017 | 0 comments



Spelling Tips: The Doubling Up Rule

As far as English spelling rules go, the ‘doubling up rule’ is one of the more reliable. This isn’t to say there are no exceptions (there are). But you can trust it in most situations. Knowing t...

16 January 2017 | 0 comments



The Weird World of Irregular Plurals

The English language is like an old friend with a habit of playing horrible pranks: no matter how much you enjoy its company, it’ll eventually surprise you with something unpleasant. Irregular plura...

29 July 2016 | 0 comments



Spelling Tips: How to Use the Y-to-I Rule

In a world ruled by grammarians, all language would do as it is told. Sadly we do not live in this glorious spelling utopia, so even basic things – like adding a suffix to a word ending in ‘y’ ...

26 March 2016 | 2 comments



Word Choice: Device vs. Devise

The terms ‘device’ and ‘devise’ look similar written down and are derived from the same root word. But unless you’re studying old-fashioned languages, it’s more important to know how we us...

26 February 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Desert vs. Dessert

There’s big difference between a ‘frozen dessert’ and a ‘frozen desert’: one is a delicious part of a meal, the other an icy wasteland. You definitely wouldn’t want to confuse the two! Nev...

26 February 2016 | 3 comments



Differences Between American and Australian English

If you are an international student, you will have probably noticed the confusing differences that exist between American and Australian English. You may have noticed several different day-to-day term...

3 November 2015 | 3 comments



Spelling Tips: When to Drop the Letter ‘E’

The complicated system of rules and exceptions comprising the English language frequently baffles even native speakers. Consequently, no matter how accomplished a writer you are, there’s a good chan...

21 October 2016 | 0 comments



Helpful Rhymes for Spelling Rules

In this post, we’re going to share some easy-to-remember rhymes that can help you with spelling. By following these easy rules, you can avoid some common mistakes (although it still pays to proo...

20 October 2016 | 1 comments