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Grammar Tips for the Perfect Copy

Content is the most important element of any copy, be it an academic write-up, a newspaper article, or a blog post.

A novel idea or a unique writing style always attracts readers. However, all your hard work will be pointless if the grammar in your writing is not up to par. It is essential that you avoid making grammatical mistakes, both large and small. Siliconchips Services Ltd. is a publishing company that understands the importance of grammar in a write-up. Consider these grammar tips that will ensure your copy or write-up is perfect.

Opt for Active Voice

Most content writers and grammar gurus advise that you use active voice. The reason for this is that an active voice gives a strong and clear tone. For instance, the sentence: “The audience cheered the orchestra during their performance,” sounds better than “the orchestra was cheered by the audience during their performance.”

However, there are some who believe that one must choose between active and passive voice depending on the context. While active voice is preferable, use passive voice if you feel that it fits the context better.

Use the Right Pronouns

Pronouns can get tricky, especially when you have to use them for a group. A group of people is referred to as ‘they’. However, the same cannot be said about an organization or an institution. Although a company or an organization is made of multiple people, the pronoun used is usually singular. For example:

“Google has announced its brand new application”. OR “The staff is extremely efficient.”

Always double-check the pronouns you use in your article.

Choose the Right Words

During your initial draft, you should let the words flow without stopping. However, once you have finished writing, it is important to go back and check the words that you have written. Are the words that you have used relevant and correct? Have you used a fancy word just because it sounds good? In this case, always check again. Give special focus on words like definitely, stationery, their, etc. which can be easily be confused with defiantly, stationary, there, etc. respectively. You should choose words that are simple and easy to understand.

Be Careful with the Apostrophes

An apostrophe is a small punctuation mark but can create havoc in your write-up if not used correctly. Here are three situations that require a person to use apostrophe:

  1. It is used to mark a possessive noun: “This is Samuel’s car.”
  2. Apostrophe is used at the end of the noun, if the word ends with s: “This is James’ house.”
  3. In case the plural of the word ends with s, the apostrophe comes at the end of the word: “This is my parents’ gift.”
  4. Apostrophes are also used in contractions: “Does not” becomes “doesn’t” and “will not” becomes “won’t”.

Do Not Get Confused with Comma and Semi Colon

A comma is mainly used to list items and to connect two clauses in a sentence. For instance:

  1. “You must buy milk, bread, cheese, and jam.”
  2. “I wanted to go, but I was not invited.”

On the other hand, semi colons separate two independent sentences that relate to the same idea. For instance:

“Please call him tomorrow; you can talk to him about it then.”

Semi colons can also be used to list phrases that may or may not contain commas in a sentence. For instance:

“Our team members are from Mumbai, Maharashtra; Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Panaji, Goa, Bangalore, Karnataka; Jaipur, Rajasthan; and Cochin, Kerala.”

Spending time editing and proofreading is necessary if you want your copy to be error-free. It will not only enhance the quality of your article but also establish your credibility as a writer and give your copy a professional edge.

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Umesh Nair

International Executive with focus on Global Growth -20 years working experience in Germany, Singapore, India,Asia, Middle East, Switzerland, Europe across a cultural multi-functional environment.

Specialties: Business Strategy & International partnerships, Global Alliances network in Startup, Technology,Airlines, Aviation, Travel, online travel, E-commerce Business, Luxury Retail, BPO, b2b, ERP Software BusinessDevelopment – Sales, Go to Market, Growth Specialist, Incubation, Entrepreneur in Residence, Senior ClientPartner, Consulting, Market Research – Coleman Research, Lynk Global, Guidepoint, Insight Alpha, GersonLehrman Group.

Mr. Manoj Mehta

Mr. Manoj Mehta, is a Science Graduate and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), practicing as a Chartered Accountant since 1984. He had the great opportunity to complete his article training with M/s. S.V.Ghatalia & Co. (now part of E&Y, one of the big four Consulting Firms in India).

He has got vast experience of 40 years in the profession. His core strength is in the field of Finance, as a Corporate Advisor to public, private and multinational companies in the field of financial planning, raising debt and equity, structuring,  etc. His forte is strategic business and financial planning, compliances, deployment of funds, optimum utilization, budgeting, Preparation and analyzing of qualitative Project feasibility reports, anything and everything related to advising on financial decision making.

He holds trusteeship of a few charitable trust to show his philanthropy side.

He has held leadership roles and has been in the forefront in articulating values and beliefs in a team building approach.

Paul Evans

Dr Paul Evans has a long career in publishing in STM and business sectors since graduating from Oxford University and first working as a computer programmer. He worked for Reed Elsevier in a variety of roles for nearly 25 years (in UK, Netherlands and China) up to, in later years, Senior Vice President at the global headquarters in Amsterdam. He then became Managing Director for SAGE Publishing’s Asia Pacific company at its hub in Singapore for 7 years, doubling its size and performance. Latterly he was for three years Director of Nature Research China with Springer Nature in Shanghai and an adviser to the Chinese government for his industry, and then on return to the UK during Covid he has worked for Maverick Publishing Specialists as a consultant and Charlesworth Publishing Services as Director of Partnerships.

He has also taken a strong interest in education initially as a teacher in Japan, as a lecturer and course leader in Publishing Studies at a Scottish university, and now in working in UK education areas.

Bharath Ramadoss

Head of Production and Operations, has been with Siliconchips since 2015. In his time with us, he has managed a team of dedicated and experienced production team members, both in books, journals development.

A graduate of University of Madras, Bharath has a strong experience in quality, complex workflows in the publishing industry. His skill set includes e-publishing, project and team management, XML and HTML, content development, workflow improvement, and now working closely with technology team and developing various tools and platforms.

He enjoys cricket, and you will find him playing every Saturday.

Becca Mosher

Becca Mosher, US Editorial Project Manager, helped to develop the Siliconchips editorial department in 2015, and her team continues to grow. A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Missouri – Columbia, Becca has been in the publishing industry since 2007, where she has specialized in e-book project management, editorial management, and editing in a wide variety of styles at all levels, from proofreading to developmental editing. She is proficient in several languages and adept at client relations.

An avid board gamer, Becca teaches different games at a “Learn to Play” night once a week.

Abhijit Pathre

Abhijit Pathre, our Director of Account Management, manages data, accounts, delivery and operations, and maintains client relationships. He is highly experienced in the technology field and possesses excellent communication and problem-resolution skills; prior to joining Siliconchips Services, he was with Hutchison Global Services, working in 3G, and Goldshield Business Solutions, a UK-based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm.

He leads with a humbleness that compels the team to follow his direction. His firm commitment and his vast fifteen-year experience spanning various industries contribute to his essential role as a member of the Siliconchips Services team in India.

Shahid Chowdhary

Shahid Chowdhary began Siliconchips Services in London in September 2010, with one basic idea: to build an organisation committed to value-based leadership and promoting a culture of trust, transparency, integrity and mutual respect.

Shahid received his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Srinagar and his post-graduate in Marketing and Finance from NMIMS, Mumbai – both leading engineering and business schools in India and he was certified by Baan in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). He has acquired numerous professional qualifications in innovation, strategy and leadership development throughout his career, including Leadership Management Institute (LMI) in the US and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in London. Over the years he has worked with various multinational companies in India, the US and the UK, including engineering, software development and publishing companies.

Shahid is the driving force behind Siliconchips Services; he focuses on new markets, business development, human resources development and planning for the continued growth of the company. He unites his teams across borders, and encourages a cohesive working community to give our clients a professional and pleasant experience with Siliconchips Services.

Over the weekends, Shahid spends time with his two daughters, practicing martial arts, and volunteering at the stables for his love of horses.