Grammar 101: Latter or last?

We are all familiar with the idea of something being good, something else being better, and a third thing being the best. Good is the positive form of the adjective, better is the comparative form and best is the superlative form. So what’s this got to do with the difference between ‘latter’ and ‘last’? Well,Continue reading “Grammar 101: Latter or last?”

Grammar 101 ‘Fewer’ or ‘Less

This is another of those conundrums we all face when we are working with words. Do I say ‘fewer vases’ or ‘less vases’? The answer is simple: if you can count the items you are talking about, you use ‘fewer’ and if you can’t count them, you use ‘less’. So, some examples: I have fewerContinue reading “Grammar 101 ‘Fewer’ or ‘Less”

Looking forwards, not backwards

At this time of year it’s tempting to look back at the past twelve months and lament all the things we haven’t managed to complete – that 10 Kilometre fun run, that veggie patch, those circus trapeze lessons. Or to set yourself unrealistic goals for the new year. We feel we should have completed ourContinue reading “Looking forwards, not backwards”

Grammar 101: The Greengrocer’s Apostrophe

Now, don’t get me wrong; this is not a dig at greengrocers. Those hard-working people know lots more about fruit and veg than I do, so I don’t actually mind if they occasionally put an apostrophe in the wrong spot. Writing is not their area of expertise, just as knowing when white sweet potato isContinue reading “Grammar 101: The Greengrocer’s Apostrophe”