Placement Matters

Poor sentence construction can confuse or, worse, mislead your reader. This happens often in cause-and-effect statements, where sloppy ordering of multiple effects can blur or change your meaning. MISLEADING: City Council passed the measure, which led to the removal of graffiti and safer streets. [Why are we removing safer streets?] ON THE MONEY: City Council … Continue reading

What Makes a Good List

Sometimes a list is better represented when each item is put on its own line and is preceded by a bullet point. The list might be too complex to run together, or an itemized layout might better serve the reader. I’m a big fan of bullet lists. Here are a few thoughts on assembling a … Continue reading

Make Your Verbs Work

Often, lists are more complex than just “a cat, a dog and a bunny.” When a list does start to get complicated, review the sentence to ensure that your verb works with each noun in the list. IT DOESN’T WORK: The day of celebration includes a luncheon, candle ceremony, potluck dinner and the Rev. George … Continue reading