Quick Solutions to Common Errors in English: An A-z Guide to Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (How to Books)
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Designed to help resolve most common English language problems and queries, this book has an accessible reference format with examples and explanations of mistakes regarding sentence construction, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
FOREWORD for the new anthology. I am looking FORWARD to the holiday. Will you please FORWARD this letter? forfeit (not -ie-, exception to the rule) See EI/IE SPELLING RULE. forfend See FOREFEND/FORFEND. forgather See FOREGATHER/FORGATHER. forgo See FOREGO/FORGO. formally or formerly? FORMALLY = in a formal manner FORMERLY = previously, at an earlier time formula (singular) There are two plurals. Use formulae in a scientific or mathematical context. Use formulas in all other cases. forrest
INVERTED COMMAS Narrative first and speech second. Brian said, 'You're very late.' Brian asked, 'What kept you?' Sarah snapped, 'Don't cross-question me!' Notice that a comma always divides the narrative from the direct speech. Note that the direct speech always begins with a capital letter. Note that the appropriate punctuation mark is enclosed within the inverted commas with the words spoken and no further end stop is required. Speech interrupted by narrative. 'We have all been hoping,' said
dialogue. 'I should love to join you on Christmas Day,' said Sean. The children were ecstatic. They cried together, 'That's wonderful!' 'Indeed it is,' said my mother. 'When will you be able to get to us?' 'By 10 o'clock.' 'Really? That's splendid!' 119 INVISIBLE The rule is 'a new line for a new speaker' even if the speech is only a word or two. In addition, each new speech should ideally be indented a little to make it easier for the reader to follow the cut and thrust of dialogue. Note how
deficient in ignorant of similar to, and so on. (ii) Don't take too seriously the oft-repeated advice not to end a sentence with a preposition. Use your discretion, and word your sentence however it sounds best to you. Do you prefer the first or the second sentence here? (a) WITH whom are you? (b) Who are you WITH? Which do you prefer here? (c) She's a politician FOR whom I have a great deal of respect. (d) She's a politician I have a great deal of respect FOR. present (not -ant) 165 PRESUME
glasses. See INDIRECT SPEECH/REPORTED SPEECH. questionnaire (not -n-) questions (direct and indirect) See QUESTION MARKS. See INDIRECT SPEECH/REPORTED SPEECH. queue queued, queuing or queueing quiet or quite? The children were as QUIET as mice, (quiet = two syllables) You are QUITE right, (quite = one syllable) quotation or quote? Use these exemplar sentences as a guide: 169 QUOTATION MARKS Use as many QUOTATIONS as you can. Use as many quotes as you can. (quotation = a noun) I can QUOTE