Ending a  Sentence with a Preposition

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Some so-called “rules” of grammar don’t hold up under careful scrutiny.  Such is the case with the oft-repeated statement “never end a sentence with a preposition.” In some cases ending a sentence with a preposition is inappropriate...
Verbs First: Targeting the Crucial Action

Verbs First: Targeting the Crucial Action

We can improve our writing by focusing on any unit of style—from choosing the just-right word to sculpting clauses, sustaining longer sentences with grace, and arranging them in effective paragraphs.  Here we will focus on the humble sentence, with an emphasis on...
Begging the Question

Begging the Question

Pardon Me—May I Beg Your Question? Often I hear newscasters say something like this: “Which begs the question—why was the senator naked in the first place?” Do they understand what “begging the question” really means? Nearly as common as the impropriety of...
WHICH Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

WHICH Is a Pronoun, so It Needs an Antecedent

Communication is difficult enough under the best of circumstances, so we need to do everything possible to ensure that our writing is as clear and unambiguous as possible. One extremely common mistake that hampers clarity and can result in ambiguity is failing to have...