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Lynn Gaertner-Johnston
I'm Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, founder of Syntax Training in Seattle, Washington, and a fan of business writing.
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Hi Jennifer Ann Elizabeth, Ellen, Virginia, Brigette, and Anita, Thank you for your kind comments. I loved hearing from you. Brigette, nice work being kind on the job! Lynn
Hi Rory, According to "The Gregg Reference Manual" (Rule 641), both your first and third options are correct. The second one is not. Lynn
Everyone, thanks for these rich comments. I appreciated hearing from you. Rachel, I have to confess not completely understanding your comment, but I enjoyed "Don't smite the smoker." Sierra, all excellent suggestions. Good thinking! David, thank you for the referral to that terrific article. I especially liked the revision at the end. It's a perfect example. Jane, good suggestions. I'm delighted that you caught the misplaced "only." Maggie, illogical indeed! Thanks for commenting. Kelly, I like your idea of labels. It made me think a "You are here" reference would also be helpful. Often when I am in a new place I need to know where I am on the map. One can't always recognize NSEW directions. Heidi, thanks for mention the CAPSLOCK issue, which makes the sign even harder to read. I like your idea of well-chosen bullet points. George, I like the pictogram idea. On my most recent trip to Europe, in 2016, I was surprised at the number of people who smoked at nearby tables in outdoor restaurants. Even outdoors, I occasionally got a face full of smoke. But that's a whole two years ago. I need to get back and see whether things have changed. Bart, very concise! From the picture of my state (Washington) in the lower right corner, I'm guessing the organization does have the authority to issue a fine. And spellcheck--what a concept, right? Abigail, thanks for adding your important points to the discussion. Kim, thanks for stopping by with your comment. I always enjoy hearing from you. Lynn
Hi George, I too have experienced those sources of irritation. Sometimes I will wonder where a potential client lives, but nothing informative appears in the individual's email signature. Yet knowing whether we can meet in person in the Seattle area or have to communicate online makes a big difference. Thanks for commenting. Lynn
Stephanie, what an excellent example! I can imagine how frustrating it must be if this happens to you regularly. I love your recommended solution: "I wish every race website shared the city, state, date, and time of the race clearly on the front page of their site." Is there some advisory board for running that could share your suggestion widely? Maybe I can do a second blog post that focuses just on races--that might help. Lynn
Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. I also like the idea of letting time pass when possible. I wrote the blog post just a few hours ago, but I would have added something if I had waited until now to publish it. I have to take my own advice! Lynn
Hi Virginia, Church websites are a wonderful example of a communication medium that leaves out essential information. I can imagine all the First United Methodist churches with no city given on their home pages. When I read your comment, I checked the day of the week for January 7--it's a Monday. Don't want you to show up on a wrong day! Thanks for your great example. Lynn
Hi Maddie, If you are using first names and no courtesy titles, then do the same when someone has the job of doctor, minister, senator, or professor. In other words, be consistent. Lynn
Thank you for this reference. I hope people who are applying for patents use the words correctly. Lynn
Salma, thanks for your comment. I appreciate your enthusiasm. Because I know you want to learn, I have edited your message for a U.S. audience: Hi Lynn, Many thanks for your precious help. I just love your blog and have gotten addicted to it. I wish you the best of luck. Salma P.S.: I'm a new learner doing my best to get good results.
Gaspar, your rules are correct. The challenge is to apply them in sentences. Thanks for stopping by. Lynn
Tommaso, good question! Most style manuals capitalize a sentence following a colon. However, if you use "The Chicago Manual of Style," CHICAGO only capitalizes a sentence after a colon if it’s a formal statement or rule or a series of sentences. In the example you are asking about, a series of two sentences follows the colon. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2018 on Three Quests for Errors at Business Writing
Hi Shelley, That's an interesting observation. I like your suggested edit. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2018 on Three Quests for Errors at Business Writing
Alex, it is correct to start a sentence with "And." However, it's considered slightly informal. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2018 on Three Quests for Errors at Business Writing
Deborah, thanks for sharing your insights about Italian. It sounds as though the Italian people make the same mistakes many native English speakers make. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2018 on Are You Envious--or Jealous? at Business Writing
Judi, thanks for your astute point. I agree, and I believe the dictionaries do too. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2018 on Are You Envious--or Jealous? at Business Writing
Hi Shalom, Thanks for your excellent point. I agree. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2018 on Are You Envious--or Jealous? at Business Writing
Hi Rae-Ann, I've checked two dictionaries--Webster's and American Heritage--and neither one interprets envy the way you do. So as much as I'm intrigued by your interpretation, I'm afraid I can't agree with it--yet. Perhaps I will find it in another dictionary. Thanks for stopping by. Lynn
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2018 on Are You Envious--or Jealous? at Business Writing
Hi Belinda, Your company should have a policy about this issue. My financial investment company sends me a confidential message that requires my login credentials; then I read the information securely online. Lynn
Hi Paul, Interesting! It appears that users must provide their email address to try the software. It would be nice if people could see a demo--perhaps just an example of text and feedback on it--without having to provide their contact information. Lynn
Hi Diane, Were you successful with this approach? Lynn
Hi Yvonne, You are absolutely right! Thank you for spotting that error. I have corrected it. Lynn
Hi Virginia, Because "Saints" is plural, the correct rendering is "All Saints' Day." I double-checked "The Gregg Reference Manual," which includes that entry in its list of holidays with possessive forms. Lynn
Hi Jennifer, You do not need an apostrophe with the name on the envelope. "The Johnsons" is a plural that refers to everyone in the family. It is not possessive. Lynn
Hi John, You are right. Two Chrises were invited to the event. That's a plural form--not a possessive. Regarding the other suggestions, both Chris' and Chris's are simple singular possessives. Here's an interesting variation: Both Chrises' cars were ticketed by the police. That example is plural and possessive. I hope my response settles things at work. Lynn