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Hands-on art for adults at Queensland Art Gallery

Colouring-in books have exploded  and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) seems to have tapped into the crazy in a really interesting and interpretive way. The gallery has set up an area for people to explore The Woman and the Parrot by artist

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Two, to or too: which one to use?

Homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) can cause confusion. It’s easy to write hear instead of here, there instead of their, or to instead of too. Anything can happen when you’re quickly writing. That’s why editing

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Deep-seated or deep-seeded

There are plenty of phrases out there that are often misquoted, with an alternative word substituted in. They often have the effect of making people do a double-take or laugh behind their hands. This post we’re going to look and

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When to use past and passed

They say the past is a foreign country. Sometimes, knowing whether to use past or passed can make English seem like a foreign language. Despite sounding the same, past and passed (and, if you want to be fancy, parsed) are

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Loose or lose: what’s the difference

If you’re looking at the title of this post and scratching your head, then this post is for you. Loose and lose have different meanings, however, if you look at a lot of written material today, you’d think they could

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The days of yore, you’re and your

Apart from maybe its/it’s, the most common error I come across today is the incorrect use of your and you’re. (Yore doesn’t get much of a look in but isn’t it a great word?) Facebook comments and posts, tweets, YouTube

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Orwell’s six rules for writing

In my last post, I mentioned George Orwell’s six rules for effective writing, taken from “Politics and the English Language”. If you’re not familiar with them, I’ve listed them below. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech

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A series of ups and downs

When you write, it’s easy for extra words to sneak into the text, words that, on reflection, aren’t needed. Two of those words are up and down. Think about it: how many times do you use them and they don’t

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Unwanted: the grocers’ apostrophe

You see it everywhere: the grocers’ apostrophe. It got its moniker from grocers who would advertise “banana’s”, “apple’s” and “potato’s” for sale in their shops. Of course, it’s not only limited to items of fresh produce (and my apologies to

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A not-so-iron will

Were you ever given a piece of writing advice that stuck in your head? And I don’t mean just went into your brain and settled amongst all the other pieces but actually stuck in your head, front of mind, and

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