Here are some more words and phrases that we have heard and read people confuse from time-to-time.
As we said in the first part of "Misused Idioms and Phrases", a misused word or phrase can damage your credibility as a writer or speaker. Here is another selection of phrases and sayings that you should take care to get right.
If you're like me, then you prefer to read what did happen rather than what did not happen. To improve your writing, try turning negative words and phrases into "positive" words and phrases. Here is a list that might help you.
It behoves good writers to avoid archaisms as much as possible. Archaisms are old-fashioned words that usually sound contrived or pretentious. To minimise archaisms in your writing, you can copy and paste your text into our free online editor or, for serious writers, download the plain English editor StyleWriter by Editor Software for $150. If $150 is too much for you right now, then an excellent middle range option is RightWriter for just $29.95. In the meantime, here are a few archaisms and some plain English alternatives you might want to think about.
A misused phrase can damage your credibility. We have programmed our free online editor to check for some of the most commonly misused idioms and phrases (or "eggcorns", as they are sometimes known). For serious writers, download the plain English editor StyleWriter by Editor Software for $150. If $150 is too much for you, then an excellent middle range option is RightWriter for just $29.95. For now, here is a small selection of phrases and sayings that some people get wrong.
Tautologies — that is, expressing the same idea in different words — waste words and can annoy your reader. Here is a list of tautologies and some alternatives. You can use our free online editor to automatically check your text for these and other common tautologies (and other writing flaws). Or, if you really want some powerful editing software, try the popular editing software, StyleWriter for $150. If $150 is too much for you, then an excellent middle range option is RightWriter for just $29.95.
A great way of enlivening your writing, whether it's an essay, an email, a poem, a blog post, or a short story, is to use similes.
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When you start to delve into sentence structure and grammar, you will often come across terms that are unfamiliar, or which you've forgotten about since those dull high school grammar lessons. In this article we investigate simple sentences, subjects, predicates, and objects.