No more excuses for reverting to type

Are you a tour, or a type? (Sorry, that's not what I meant.) By your talk or a type? (No, not even close.) Are you a talker or a tighter?

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

A fun way to make sure you write what you mean

The Girl's Like Spaghetti

Lynne Truss

Published by Profile Books

ISBN 978 186197 168 5

My new neighbour's daughter is really tall and very thin. Guess what she reminds me of? A strand of spaghetti. The girl's like spaghetti!

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Chinese not as difficult as it sounds

Chinese has a well-established reputation for being one of the most difficult languages in the world, if not the hardest of all. In reality, it is one of the simplest - from the point of view of grammar, at least.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Expand your word power


23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Short and sweet

We all like to take a shortcut instead of going the long way round. In English, some phrases have short forms which are often used in speech and informal writing.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Dream Date

Hi Beth, just calling to confirm our dinner plans tonight.

Yes, we're still on, but my mum's just called and said my dog has run away! I'm on my way home now.

Oh no! What happened?

Someone left the door open and now she's gone!

All right, I'll come over and help you look for her.

3 May 2005 - 12:00am

Developing your own writing style

In any kind of writing, it is important to pay attention to what you want to say - and how you say it. This is one way of developing a good style as a writer.

You can also achieve this by observing how other people write, or by thinking carefully as you put pen to paper.

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Solve this problem:

'The new cell phone model can be compared with/to an expensive watch.'

'To be compared with' is the preferred answer.

2 Sep 2003 - 12:00am