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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Split Infinitives

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?



Today, we are going to explore a gray area in grammar, one that has some uses that are clearly wrong, as well as others that could go either way.

Split infinitives break up a compound verb, usually by inserting an adverb in between.

Examples

She had to quickly leave.

The preferred sentence would read as follows:

She had to leave quickly.

The Associate Press Stylebook states, “In general, avoid awkward constructions that split infinitive forms of a verb (to leave, to help, etc.) or compound forms (had left, are found out, etc.)” It gives the following example.

“Awkward: She was ordered to immediately leave on an assignment.

Preferred: She was ordered to leave immediately on an assignment.” 


Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style also cautions writers to avoid it unless they want to “pla…

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Redundancies

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?
Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER





Redundancies. They clog our writing, weighing it down in unnecessary muck, much like what triple cheeseburgers with bacon and mayonnaise do to our arteries.

Here is a great list from a fantastic book, The Bugaboo Review, by Sue Sommer.

Watch out for the following duplicate phrases.

advance planning
and also
burn up
close down
down below
8:00 p.m. at night
fall down
free gift
funeral service
Jewish rabbi
lie down
lift up
my own personal opinion
owns his own home
raise up
refer back
staple together
use it all up


I especially like "Jewish rabbi." What other kind is there?


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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: The Heat is On

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Ah, summer, the season I eagerly anticipate, then complain incessantly about. The temperatures are rising in Chicagoland, and, unfortunately, so is the humidity level, condemning me to countless days of unreliable, frizzy hair and a perpetual state of sticky malaise.

But, what about the words associated with the season?

Summer

The word, summer, much like all of the seasonal names should not be capitalized unless the season is being personified, such as in poetry or a particularly lively piece of writing.

Examples

summer solstice
summer vacation
summer

Personification E…

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: The Finer Things

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?




There are countless words relating to food in the English language. So many, in fact, that AP Style has an entire section devoted to it. Often, spelling is the most difficult part to remember, but I’ve also found a few issues that deal with categorizations as well.



Appetizers or hors d’oeuvres?

Although used interchangeably, there actually is a difference. Although it literally means “out of work,” hors d’oeuvres means “outside the meal” and refers to one-bite items that are served separately and before the meal, such as canapes, crudites, or bruschetta. Appetizers are served as the first course when seated at the table and are generally larger. They should also complement the entree.


Champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France only. If made anywhere …