Tag Archives: Punctuation

Differences between British and American English

When you write in English you should decide whether to use British or American. Some companies have a policy about this, but many do not. Either way, you should aim to be consistent throughout a piece of writing. The table … Continue reading

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The difference between Shareholders’ meeting and Shareholders meeting

Do you add the apostrophe to Shareholders’ meeting? Or do you prefer Shareholders meeting, without the apostrophe? Both are in fact correct. It may seem like a very small point, but misunderstanding the underlying grammar is the source of some … Continue reading

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How to start emails

If you don’t know the name of the person you are writing to, start business emails with either of the following: Dear Sir, Dear Madam, Dear Madame, is wrong. If you don’t know whether you’re writing to a man or … Continue reading

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Careful how you use the word “of” (part 2)

My previous post on this subject looked at using ’s instead of of in phrases like “the claimant’s attorney”. Here are some of the examples I gave you last time, plus some more examples: BAD STYLE         … Continue reading

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Careful how you use the word “of” (part 1)

I find that non-native English speakers tend to use the word “of” much too often. “Of” is also frequently used incorrectly instead of other prepositions. The next few posts will look at issues related to using “of”. of and ’s … Continue reading

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