Writing Topics: prepositions

How not to write a job advert

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] A reader forwarded the following job advert to me. I believe it to be genuine, so if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with him. Reporting directly to the CEO, and functioning as critical member of the global senior leadership team, […]

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“Around”: the preposition that can make your writing sound slippery and bureaucratic

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Last week I reflected on the tendency for business types to favour the invasive-sounding “into” over the correct “to”. Today, I turn my attention to another preposition you should be careful with: “around”.

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What’s with this word “into”?

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] If I were to go round claiming that the square root of 100 is 15 or that the Battle of Hastings took place in 1783, I’d quite rightly be thought a fool. What’s more, I’m fairly sure most people wouldn’t hesitate to inform me of my […]

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