Tricky Rules

Your writing, at its best.

Be the best writer in your office

Want followed by In, Out, Off, Down, or Up

The verb want is not supposed to be followed by an adverb or preposition indicating direction such as in, out, up, off or down. When using standard English, complete the sentence by including the words left out of such expressions as want in or want down. Incorrect: He wants out of the contract. Correct: He

Read More »

Than/Then

Than is a conjunction used with comparisons. It rhymes with pan. Then is an adverb that refers to time. It rhymes with pen. Examples: He likes you more than me. First you take a cup of flour, and then you sift it.

Read More »

Warranty/Warrantee/Warrant

A warranty (accent on first syllable) is a guarantee. A warrantee (accent on last syllable) is a person or party who is guaranteed something. Neither word is used as a verb. The verb form is warrant.

Read More »

That/Where

Do not use where to replace that. This mistake is common with verbs like read or see. Incorrect: Joanna saw where the president was coming to town. (Unless you mean she saw the place he was coming to!) Correct: Joanna saw that the president was coming to town.

Read More »

Bonus tip:  Want to make sure your writing always looks great? editorr can save you from misspellings, grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and other writing issues on all your favorite websites. 

Get More Writing Tips Here!

We have compiled hundreds of writing tips. Check them out!

SHARE THIS POST

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn