Mixing up words and meaning can make your writing look unprofessional. An astute reader will presume your work has not been properly proofread.
If you don’t have enough respect for your readers to make sure your work is professionally presented, can you blame them if they can’t forgive your bloopers?
Whenever you change something in your writing, re-read the entire sentence to make sure that your amendment has not created any mistake or ambiguity.
The phrase ‘to gild the lily’ is a misquotation of Shakespeare. Does the popularity of the phrase make it an acceptable corruption?
Fellowship of Australian Writers member Patricia Young shares her grammar gripes and her experiences in writing, editing and publishing.