Grammar sophistication is the focus of this episode, in which I argue for loosening the reins on the grammar rules and letting that horse run. But also: how intimate understanding of grammar structures can result in editing with a light touch, rather than a gavel.
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Mentioned in this episode:
- James Harbeck’s Sesquiotica
- Ryerson University’s Publishing Certificate
- Karen Virag’s dangling modifiers
- Corina Kock-Macleod of Beyond Paper Editing
- Cheryl Stephens’ Plain Language blog
- zombie rules
- (This just in) A sound and clear grammar investigation into the zombie rule of less v. fewer
The image for this episode is by Rumble Press, used under CC BY 2.0 license.