Angela’s ABCs Less and Fewer

Words easily confused Less and fewer The distinction between these two words is disappearing fast. In fact, people tend to use less nowadays most of the time, at the expense of fewer. I’d like to highlight the difference, but first I need to explain that there are two types of nouns: countable and uncountable.

Angela’s ABCs Cruelty to ‘of’

Cruelty to ‘of’ I received an email from a 10 year old friend of mine the other day which said: ‘She must of left her bag on her peg.’ And another young friend of mine wrote: ‘Who’d of thought it?’ You can hear and see it every day: ‘should of’, ‘would of’, ‘could of’, ‘might of’ and ‘must of’.

Angela’s ABCs Passed and Past

Words often confused Passed and past are commonly confused, but I hope to explain the difference so that you’ll never confuse them again. Passed can only ever be part of the verb ‘to pass’. It is the past tense and the past participle of that verb. It is never anything else but part of that verb: The procession passed under the bridge. (past tense of ‘to pass’) The procession has passed under the bridge. (past participle of ‘to pass’) Past on the other hand, has several different meanings. Though they are similar, they… Read More

Angela’s ABCs I, me and myself

I, me and myself People often get confused between these three pronouns and I hope to give you a foolproof method of knowing which is right. It helps to know that a noun is the part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, feeling or action, and that a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. The pronoun ‘I’ ‘I’ is only used when you are referring to yourself in the subject of the sentence. In other words, you are the one taking… Read More

Angela’s ABCs Hyphens and Dashes

Hyphens and Dashes A hyphen joins two or more words together (mother-in-law, able-bodied) while a dash is used for parenthetical statements (He was – as far as I could see – completely drunk). On a modern keyboard, the hyphen key is at the top between 0 and = In Microsoft Word, a dash is formed in your text by keying a space, then a hyphen, then another space. When you finish the next word, the hyphen will convert into a dash. If you want a dash without spaces, you can find it… Read More