Category: Common Errors


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Writing Tips Spelling and Consonant Choice
Writing Tips: Spelling and Consonant Choice

In English, some letters make different sounds in different words. And this can make spelling difficult, especially when it comes to consonant choice. In this post, then, we’re looking at some commo...

Writing Tips Spelling and Vowel Choice
Writing Tips: Spelling and Vowel Choice

Vowel choice is a key component of spelling. But knowing which vowel to use can be tricky, especially in words that are not spelled how they sound. In this post, then, we’re looking at some common e...

How to Use Respectively in a Sentence
How to Use Respectively in a Sentence

Today, we’re looking at the word ‘respectively’, which we use to refer to something previously mentioned. This is a great word when used correctly, allowing us to clarify how different parts of ...

Bated Breath or Baited Breath?
Spelling Tips: Baited Breath or Bated Breath?

Given how popular the Harry Potter books were, you’d have thought J.K. Rowling – or her publishers – could afford a proofreader. Yet, on publication, Prisoner of Azkaban contained a passage that...

On Tenterhooks
Vocabulary Tips: On Tenterhooks

The phrase ‘on tenterhooks’ is common in English. However, it is also one of the most widely misspelled phrases around (it even came in at number two in a British survey). But what does it mean to...

Possessive Apostrophes and Joint Ownership
Possessive Apostrophes and Joint Ownership

We’ve written about apostrophes before on this blog, but today we want to look specifically at possessive apostrophes. Join us, then, for a quick look at who owns what. Possessive Apostrophes Posses...

Redundant Expressions (And How to Fix Them)
Redundant Expressions (And How to Fix Them)

Concision is important for clarity, and one way to achieve this is removing unnecessary words from your writing. The trick is knowing which words can be cut! The first things to look for in this respe...

Writing Tips - 5 Common ESL Errors
Writing Tips: 5 Common ESL Errors

Learning a new language is hard work. If you are an ESL (English as a Second Language) writer, you can therefore be forgiven a few mistakes in the first draft of an essay. That’s why we have proofre...

Is 'Alright' All Right_ (Tricky Compound Words)
Is ‘Alright’ All Right? (Tricky Compound Words)

Compound words combine two or more terms to make a new word. They can be tricky, though, especially when working out whether to write a word as a closed compound (i.e. with no space between the terms,...

Word Choice - That vs. Which
Word Choice: That vs. Which

Mix ups over when to use ‘that’ and ‘which’ are common, especially among those for whom English is an additional language. But there’s also a difference between Australian English and Americ...