Punctuation explained – Simply

The paragraphs below explain each of the main types of punctuation.  But the punctuation is missing.  By doing this exercise you will therefore learn not only where and what type of punctuation to use, but also get practice in using it.  My suggested answers are given at the foot of the blog. Commas are used in lists of things to clarify meaning after introductory words and phrases like however (at the start or mid-sentence) when providing...

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Dangers of emails/emailing … They are a P-E-S-T

Dangers of emails/emailing … They are a P-E-S-T

Here is my P-E-S-T of emails and emailing P ressure of workplaces makes us over hasty when sending emails – or not check and work, and therefore make mistakes. E motions are hard to convey in text, and can easily be misread by readers who don’t know us etc.  So, don’t email when annoyed, nor late at night/end of the week.  Second, be careful of writing overly strong views (e.g. ‘best’, ‘worst’) and...

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Writing for the Web – course feedback

Here is some feedback on a one-day Web Writing course that I delivered this month for the University of Gloucestershire: “Interesting and thought provoking- I will never look at websites in the same way again.”   “Really helpful, interesting and enjoyable training day. I have learned new things and refreshed my knowledge/understanding of others.”   “Useful theory mixed with practical tips and short group...

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Training course feedback

Another year and another training course. 2017 started well. Here is the feedback on my presentation skills after doing a half-day’s training in Report Writing for a business: Good facilitator of session and involving everyone Very clear Very engaging speaker and good listener Robert is a witty presenter, displaying a genuine passion for his subject Really useful Really useful; enjoyed all the day’s sessions All very relevant – good...

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Writing skills training course – Feedback (October 2016)

Want some feedback from delegates?  Unsure whether to book me for some training? Well, I have just delivered a ‘Brush up Your Writing Skills’ training course for Oxford University’s Department of continuing Education (one of six that I do each year).  Eighteen people attended, and their average score for my teaching was 4.6 out of 5 – and the same for my materials.  Here is what people wrote …   A great...

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Writing is like PAINTING

  When preparing a few things to say for a talk recently, I realised that writers need to be able to switch from reviewing an overall document to checking its micro details – and to be good at both. Then I realised it was a quality also needed by painters … and then I realised there are a few other parallels between writers and painters, such as being willing to experiment, having perseverance, etc.  And THEN … guess what; I...

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