Reading Chapter Four of Hicks (2013) over my morning coffee certainly woke me up. The topic of the chapter was the common problems and confusions of grammar in the English language. Similarly to previous chapters, some of these problems and confusions I knew and already avoid in my writing, others I did not, so, it was interesting to read not only what the problems and confusions are but also the explanations.
I sat the quiz associated with the chapter and received an eight out of ten. Both mistakes were rather silly. Question one, which I answered incorrectly, involved the use of an ‘a’ instead of an ‘an’. I know this rule thoroughly so this mistake was a personal lesson reminding to take more care when editing. The second mistake was due to me misreading the questions, another personal lesson reminding myself to slow down.
On second attempt I received the 10 out of 10 that this task required us to achieve.
One interesting point continuously reiterated through-out this book is it is okay to use ‘but’, ‘and’ and ‘because’ at the beginning of sentences. Personally, I do not know if I could ever bring myself to do this. Time will tell.
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, Routledge, USA.