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Official website:

Typical Errors in English - the book

is now (also) official! Here is the cover...

The book comes close to 300 pages, and is roughly in an A5 format.


After almost five years in the making, it's a great feeling to know that I now have a book on the market, and even illustrated with my own cartoons.


So that's two ambitions completed, although if somebody told me that my first book was essentially going to be about grammar, well, I think I would not only have laughed, but collapsed, seized up and died in surprise.


The book is now out in the shops, but it can also be ordered: check the home page for details on how to order.


In the meantime, you can download a sampler here:

and also have a read of this example:


SUZANNE: So how big’s your birthday

party going to be, Juliana?

JULIANA: I’ve invited six persons. So it’s

only going to be a get-together.


First, big’s is a contraction of the words big is. In

spoken English this is not a mistake and can be used

in writing when quoting direct speech.


The problem here is that we do not usually use ‘persons’ in spoken English. We do say one person, but we say two, three, four people.


Persons is a formal word, usually found in formal documentation, regulations and on official notices. For example, a sign in a lift: No more than six persons in the lift at any one time. Or, of course in legal documents: Contractual agreements should be made with all persons involved with the company.


get-together is a group of people who are meeting informally. So Juliana has invited six people to her birthday party.


So, there it is. Now attention literary agents - I do have a children's book. It is available for download here at for your perusal, so sign me up...

Author, cartoonist, language instructor, English text proofing, and a definite sense of humour

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