My friend Eric W. sent me a sign that needs your proofreading eye. What would you change?   Please share your recommendations in a comment.  If your company or organization has a sign-making department, suggest that one of its team members take my online course Proofread Like a Pro.  LynnSyntax Training   
Are you feeling smart and alert today? Test yourself in the three short passages below. Each "Error Quest" has just one error. Find and correct it.    Error Quest 1: Since you asked, this is RoAnn's and my suggestion: We believe that we should use the word programs rather than tracks. Programs fits better with our offerings...
Envious? Jealous? Do you use these words interchangeably? Or do you make a distinction between them? Test your understanding by filling in these blanks:  I am _______________ of my neighbors' gorgeous backyard.  Rob feels _______________ when he sees Carlos talking to their new supervisor so often, especially when both of them are laughing.  Natalie...
A dear friend just told me about an embarrassing apostrophe situation she experienced at work. She had just put up a sign with the heading October Birthday's, which listed employee and member birthdays, when someone stopped and stared grimly at it.  The individual said, "I'm a grammar guy, and this sign...
A reader named Deborah shared a short email she recently received: Dear Sirs,pls let me have by return the supp docs about yr a.m. invoice because we cannot find our shpm.Thks and rgds How would you feel if you received this message? Would you care that it's riddled with errors?  Let's count...
I just received an "Oops!" email from our beloved, prestigious public television station. When I read the subject line, "Oops! Correction for Rick Steves Preview Screening and Q+A!" I instantly knew what the oops must be: a date error.  Indeed, the email opened "Apologies, there was a date typo in...
There's a hit song titled "Him and I" whose ungrammatical title and lyrics drive me nuts. A correct title would be either "Him and Me" or "He and I"--never "Him and I."  Why? Because him is an object pronoun, and I is a subject pronoun. They never belong together.  Did you know that? If you find...
I traveled (travelled?) around the Big Island of Hawaii the last two weeks and found that--even at Volcanoes National Park--I could not escape thinking about writing. This text grabbed my attention on the Sulphur Banks trail: It appeared on this large, instructive sign:   Why deal with spelling in a national park?...
Get your proofreading game on! Three challenges await you. A hint about the number of errors, followed by the solutions, appears at the end of the tests. Test 1: The Note of Thanks Dear Krista; Thank you very much for your work on the auction. Your limitless enthusiasm and energy...
You check your documents electronically to try to catch every error. But your grammar and spelling checker may be giving you bad advice. Because it's a software program, it can't read your mind or know your intentions. Also, it can't always distinguish between correct and incorrect sentence structures and the...