One of the simplest, most effective ways to simplify and clarify your writing is to eliminate prepositions. It’s incredibly easy to do, and usually you can replace them with strong adjectives or adverbs instead.
This little-known tip can help you make more concise and powerful sentences.
In five minutes, make your sentences shorter, stronger, and clearer.
Get rid of the disembodied pronoun!
“Misplaced modifier” is one of those fancy phrases that most people have heard of but aren’t really sure what it means. A modifier–or descriptive phrase–is misplaced when it’s sitting next to a noun it doesn’t describe.
This entry tackles what you might call personal grammar peeves—mistakes that just drive you crazy, even though they are minor. Two that make my skin crawl are:
*hone in on
It’s that time of the quarter again—the time portfolio managers have to come up with topics for their shareholder letters.
This is often a chore, especially for those who take it seriously and want to do a good job.
Received wisdom among typesetters and designers is that capital letters are harder to read and that all-caps text is especially difficult to read. I’ll address legibility a bit later in this post, but for right now I want to focus on a more pragmatic issue relating to capitalization.