Though a dry subject, it’s always a good idea to refresh your grammar knowledge. Here are a few rules I have recently checked:
Further vs farther: use farther for physical distance and use further for metaphorical distance.
Keep going, my palace is farther down the road.
We will proceed without further delay.
Number of spaces after a colon: use only one. For those of us who learned to type on a manual typewriter, it can be a hard habit to break, but The Chicago Manual of Style says just one!
Assure vs. ensure vs insure:
Assure means to say with confidence.
Ensure means to make certain.
Insure means to protect against risk.
I assure you I did not eat the last brownie!
Please ensure you can work next week before I put you on the schedule.
Jeeves told Bertie he’d better insure his fancy car.
What grammar rules trip you up? Do you break any on purpose? (I do!)
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