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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"?

May 2015:

"Dreamed" or "dreamt"?
What's a suitable level of formality in business letters?
"Compared with" or "compared to"?

April 2015:

Do we use quotation marks or italics to define a term?
"Whilst" versus "while"
Why does "its" (meaning belong to it) not have an apostrophe?

March 2015:

Using commas with "and"
"Percent" versus "percentage"
"At" versus "in" and "programme" versus "program"

February 2015:

Bulleted and numbered lists
"This is she" or "this is her"?