I’ve mentioned the ‘Red Editing Pen’ in the ‘Writing Magazine’ before, I learn so much from these articles. May I pass on a few tips, I have picked up from the February and March issue? (I get an issue ahead of the month).
In the February issue, it mentions ‘close proximity’. The article explains that the definition is nearness, closeness. Obviously, you can’t write ‘close proximity’, because it is a tautology, and proximity is fine on its own.
In the March issue, it mentions the words that and which. As a working rule, it is better to use ‘that’ to define and ‘which’ to describe.
The article goes on to say that the following sentence is incorrect. ‘Your unlikely to meet someone…’ (This reiterates my blog, in the past, on the use of ‘your’ and ‘you’re’). The article went on to explain that ‘you’re’ is a contraction of ‘you are’, and the latter words should be used in this context.
I have mentioned hyphens before in an article I wrote, but it’s still worthwhile mentioning what the ‘Red Editing Pen’ says: ‘At the end of our sentence we come to ‘part-time…’ or should it be part time, without the hyphen? The rule with ‘part time’ is, like all compound adjectives, that it should be hyphenated only when it is used to describe what follows it.’ So, in this case, it should read ‘part time’.