English Language

The English language is a beautiful thing, but there are lots of ways it can trip you up!

Dashes

Do you know the difference between a ‘hyphen’, an ‘en dash’ and an ’em dash’? Many people have never heard of ‘en’ and ’em dashes’ but alas, they exist and using them can sometimes be a little bit complicated because… Read More ›

Confused Words 6

Hi everyone, here’s another round of commonly confused words! Loose, Lose Loose: this is the word you’d use when referring to something which has not been firmly fixed in place, or when talking about a piece of fabric or clothing… Read More ›

Odd Plurals

While I was writing this afternoon, I found myself needing to check what the plural for ‘octopus’ would be. I’ve always thought that you would say ‘one octopus, two octopi,’ however, I’ve come to learn that I have been using… Read More ›

Confused Words 4

  Hi everyone, today has been a slow day so I thought I’d post another round of confused words. They are: Mare, Mayor Mare: This is the word used to describe a female member of the equine animal family. For instance,… Read More ›

Word Classes

In language, all words are grouped into different categories or ‘classes’, and they can be confusing, with each class of word serving a specific function. Here are the main word classes we use in English: Nouns – a noun is… Read More ›

Confused Words 3

It’s been a little while since I last wrote a Confused Words post and there’s no time like the present, so here are some more words that are, for whatever reason, sometimes confused. Flew, Flu, Flue Flew: this is the… Read More ›

Confused Words 2

Hi everyone, here’s another post about words that are oft confused for various reasons and just as I have done with the Writing Tips posts, I’m switching to a numbering sequence in the title instead of a synonym for ‘more’… Read More ›