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February 29, 2020: Usage Woes and Myths

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Room 400, 4th floor, BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $165 for Editors Canada members ($135 early bird), $230 for non-members ($200 early bird), and $100 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes February 25; early-bird rates are in effect through February 11.

You’ve sorted out imply and infer. You know it’s not all right to use alright. Hopefully, you accept impact as a verb (not to mention hopefully as a sentence adverb). But what about more troublesome usage points, like the difference between may and might? Or such commonly misused words as dilemma and fulsome? Do you always have to change though to althoughtill to until? For anyone intent on preventing (not avoiding) word errors and avoiding (not preventing) usage myths, this seminar will help. 

We’ll take an up-to-date look at some of the most misunderstood and contentious points of English usage and identify helpful guides and other resources. Bring your top usage questions to share with the group.

Frances Peck, CPE (Hon.), has been working with words for nearly 30 years. She has taught for the University of Ottawa, Douglas College, SFU, the UBC, and dozens of organizations across Canada. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martins Workbook, a university grammar exercise book; co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website; and wrote Pecks English Pointers, a free collection of articles and quizzes available on the Language Portal of Canada. Frances lives in North Vancouver and is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates.

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