Click on the links below for straightforward advice on some of the trickier points of English grammar:
Dangling participles: what is a participle, and how (and why) should you avoid dangling them?
Is it never not OK to use a double negative? Find out some positive answers in our article.
Ending sentences with prepositions
You might have heard that ending sentences with prepositions is wrong… but is it?
Matching subjects and verbs
Does the subject of subject-verb agreement leave you confused? Don’t worry: we cover all you need to know in our guide to matching subjects and verbs.
Matching verbs to collective nouns
It can be hard to know whether collective nouns like ‘family’ or ‘team’ go with a plural or singular verb. Let us show you when it’s ‘was’ and when it’s ‘were’.
Should it be ‘Jake and me’ or ‘Jake and I’? This guide to personal pronouns will teach you a few tricks for how to spot when to use ‘me’ and when to use ‘I’.
Plural nouns treated as singular
Some plural nouns are treated as singular, in all or in certain meanings, which means you'll have to watch which verbs you use with them: find out more.
Plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek
Referendums or referenda? Syllabi or syllabuses? Prospectuses or prospecti? We take a look at how to form plurals of English nouns taken from Latin or Greek.
Singular nouns treated as plural
Government, audience, family: some singular nouns can be used with either a singular or plural verb. Whichever you choose, you’re right! Find out more…
Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
How did the orangutan get its name? What about the aardvark or the squirrel? We delve into the jungle of animal etymologies.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.