Run is one of those words that can be shifted to another word that has more meaning. Do your characters bolt, race, dash, dart, careen, sprint, jog, or do they actually just run? See if that instance of run/ran can be replaced with something with more meaning.
This is one of those words that has two different spellings, but only in UK English. If you are using US English, it is always meter. However, in UK English, metre is the unit of measure, whereas meter is the device by which you can measure things.
This is one of those words that has two different spellings, but only in UK English. If you are using US English, it is always practice. However, in UK English, practise is the verb, whereas practice is the noun.
When using US English, the term is always no one (two words). Within UK English, some may accept the hyphenated version, no-one, but under no circumstances is it noone (one word).
There is a big difference between an em-dash, en-dash and hyphen. They have different uses. But all hope is not lost. Your word-processor will render them while typing. Here’s how.
If you are using UK English, it is always all right (two words). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, alright (one word) is not acceptable. However Merriam-Webster states, “[Alright] is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing.”
The word data is plural. The singular form is datum. The data are… The datum is… While correct, I’ll admit it does feel weird to say. My recommendation is to charge your sentences that involve these words to remove the is/are or was/were. The data shows…
It’s a common mistake made, and one I often have to look up, just to reaffirm what I already know. Affect is the verb, where effect is the noun. It doesn’t help the confusion when the word “influence” can be used to replace both words.
It’s Achilles’ heel but James’s foot. Only ancient names that end with an s do not employ a possessive form of ‘s. All modern names do. One way to avoid the confusion is to rearrange the wording: the heel of Achilles but the foot of James. Yes, it adds words, and sounds a little stuffy, but the confusion of the possessive form is gone. (Note: While not all style guides agree, most do.)