“Per Se” or “Per Say”

It’s always Per Se. Per Say is wrong, even though it may sound and look right. Derived from Latin, ‘per se’ means ‘in and of itself’. It is used to distinguish between something in its narrower sense and something larger which it represents. Yes, it’s confusing, and yes I see per se spelled wrong all … Read more

Let’s vs Lets – When Does It Need An Apostrophe

Let’s vs lets – do you find it difficult to know which one you should be using in your writing? ‘Let’s’ and lets are different verb forms from the same root word: ‘let’. ‘Let’ can refer to one of several nouns or several verbs which sound the same but have different meanings. The structure and … Read more

Leafs or Leaves? Your Grammar Questions Answered!

Leafs or Leaves, what’s the difference? Nothing is more confusing than two words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently. Leafs and Leaves is a set of homonyms that aren’t seen very often but can leave you scratching your head when they do. Homonyms, which are words that sound alike or are spelled … Read more

Who vs Whom – Does it Matter Anymore

Whilst who and whom are often used interchangeably in everyday speech, there is a real grammatical distinction. Whether it matters anymore is dependent on how formal or grammatically correct you want to be. ‘Who’ refers to the subject of a sentence, the person doing something, and ‘whom’ to the object of a sentence, the person … Read more

Their Own or There Own?

Their own or there own? Are you trying to work out which one to use? ‘Their’ and ‘there’ are homophones, words which sound the same but have different meanings. Confusion over when to use them is very common, even amongst native English speakers. You must look at the context of the full sentence in order … Read more

What is the Plural of No and Yes

What is the plural of no and yes

I came across an article the other day which made me think about what is the plural of no and yes and when and how you should use them. The article used the word “no’s” as the plural of ‘no’. I winced a little and did some old man muttering about standards of education as … Read more

Is it Practise or Practice?

In British English both practise or practice are correct spellings but they are not interchangeable, you need to know when to use each. In American English the word is only spelled one way, practice (with a C, not an S). So, now we’ve got that covered, let me explain when to use practise and when … Read more