Is it dialled or dialed?

Is it dialled or dialed? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘dialled/dialed’, ‘benefitted/benefited’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding… Read more »

Fun with punctuation

Fun with punctuation Some believe that punctuation is there to complicate matters. In fact, when talking aloud, we are able to convey meaning using intonation, voice patterns and body language also – along with answering any questions which might come from listeners, to explain anything which is unclear. When reading, we do not have these… Read more »

Don’t rely on your spell-checker!

Don’t rely on your spell-checker! Do not rely solely on your spell-checker, as this will check only that strings of characters are in a specific order. Read the following to see why using a spell-checker alone is not enough – all of the words in the poem are correctly spelled. I have a spelling chequer,… Read more »

Is it benefitted or benefited?

Is it benefitted or benefited? When adding -ing and -ed to verbs, we sometimes double the consonant beforehand. People are often confused with ‘benefitted/benefited’, ‘focussed/focused’ and ‘targetted/targeted’. This tip answers some of those queries. The official requirements are that we ‘double a single consonant letter at the end of any base where the preceding vowel… Read more »

Anecdotes for word-lovers

Anecdotes for word-lovers Much fun can be had with the English language, some of which is quite thought-provoking. One particular favourite of mine is: Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. This just shows how parts of speech can change, without much evidence of change in writing or sound to the listener: grammatical… Read more »