Lorraine Forrest-Turner

Grammar tips

For non-native speakers of English, conditional sentences can be something of a minefield. They require study and revision and still errors will rear their ugly heads. Sadly, few native speakers of English even realise what a conditional sentence is, let alone whether they are using one or not, what type they are using and why.

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When can you use a semi-colon? Why are there three different kinds of dashes? Is it called a “slash” or a “solidus?” Are apostrophes and single quotations the same thing?

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Is it okay to mix tenses in the same sentence? Yes, if what you’re saying is in different time zones.

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It’s not always obvious where to place the apostrophe with joint possession. Single possession is relatively easy. “I’m spending the week at my uncle’s house.” But what happens if your aunt and uncle own the house together?

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Subject and verb agreement (Lorraine likes grammar, they like being fashionably late) is easy when it’s clear who or what the subject is. But how about “one in ten employees is unhappy at work”?

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Lorraine is a traner for the PRCA
Lorraine is a traner for the PRCA
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