Spelling and grammar

When to use ‘has’ and ‘have’

It’s amazing how words we use every day can trip us up so spectacularly. Take ‘has’ and ‘have’ for example. Both words can be used to show possession and they are important when it comes to perfect tense. ‘Had’ is the past tense of both ‘has’ and ‘have’ ‘To have’ is a verb and as …

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Sometimes versus some time

Writer's Blog, Grammar, Sometime

In our Writer’s Blog we often look at words that may look very similar but mean different things. Here is another example of words that are often confused with each other. sometimes some time sometime  some time (as two words) means a significant amount of time – a lengthy time. He has been trying to stop …

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Maybe or may be?

As an editor I often see these words confused, however, they are not interchangeable. You can’t rely on spell-checker to flag misuse of these words either (unless you’ve made a typo) so it’s important to understand the difference between the two and know when you should use ‘maybe’ and when you should use ‘may be’. Maybe …

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Consider the sentence

The sentence - a basis for speech and writing

It may sound like a strange question, but have you ever considered the humble sentence? What is the definition of a sentence and how is it made up? The sentence forms the basis of all speech and writing.  A sentence is a series of words that form a complete thought. For example: Dogs bark. Susan Parker’s …

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Dependant or dependent?

We all have words that we have to stop and think about or grammatical sticking points that we have to check from time to time. Take the words ‘dependant‘ and ‘dependent‘. This is one that many people confuse, and of course spell checker won’t tell you if you’ve used the wrong one as it will …

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Did you know?


There are eight parts to speech: noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction and interjection.   Now you know! 🙂    

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