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July 2016:

'A' or 'an' before acronyms?
When do acronyms need an apostrophe-s?
How should we punctuate this sentence?

May 2016:

Using "the" in place names
Apostrophes in place names
What are RFIs, RFPs and RFQs?

April 2016:

"Come around" and "come round"
A little bit of everything
Can common abbreviations be written in lower case?

March 2016:

Pronouncing "the": Is it "thuh" or "thee"?
Is "currently" unnecessary?
Using "shall", "will", "should", "may" and "can"

February 2016:

Commas, clauses and fanboys!
How should we use commas in complex sentences?
The exotic world of Stone Age hyphens

December 2015:

How should I reference poetry?
The perennial subject of apostrophes
How do we write compass directions?

November 2015:

Why can you "dismantle" something but not "mantle" it?
More on using "sic" to point out an error
Are you writing for your readers or for Google?

October 2015:

Some tips for online writing
"Alternate" versus "alternative"?
Do place names need capital letters?

September 2015:

How do we indicate an editorial comment?
Do we capitalise "government", "state" and "federal"?
Are "?!" and "!?" acceptable?

August 2015:

"Well being", "well-being" or "wellbeing"?
"Either" versus "as well"
Writing times of day

July 2015:

Is "Hi, Anne." a valid sentence?
Do we write "two SMEs" or "two SME"?
"Different from", "different to" or "different than"?

June 2015:

Is "Dear Mr Jones" followed by a colon?
How do we keep emails professional?
Can I start a sentence with "and" or "but"?