Monthly Archives: September 2010

Passed and Past

This is another one of those sets of words that I don’t quite understand why there is all the mix-up. Passed Use passed if you are using a form of the verb “to pass.” If you can write the sentence … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who or Whom?

Do you use who or whom? There is a lot of confusion about these two pronouns. The answer is you use who if it refers to the subject of the sentence and whom if it refers to the object in … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

What you write represents you to your readers. In other words, if you don’t make a good first impression, they may put down your book or click away from your website. Misspellings, grammatical errors and other problems with your writing … Continue reading

Posted in importance of editing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Which Witch?

One error that really bothers me, and I see it in emails all the time, is which and witch. Again, this one should be obvious, right? You wouldn’t say, “Witch one do you want?” Yet, people do. This is one … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weather or Whether?

This should be a no-brainer, but alas, it isn’t so. I see it all the time in emails and blog posts. When do you use weather versus whether? Weather Well, the word weather obviously should be used if you are … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Irregardless is Redundant

It’s true. While many people use the word “irregardless” when they speak and you can actually find this word in many dictionaries now, it is not a proper word, or as the dictionaries say, it is nonstandard. Most of our … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Could of, Should of, Would of… Wrong!

When we talk, it is common to use the words could, should and would. We naturally contract these words when we talk to make conversations flow better. For example, I would’ve gotten another color, but this is all they had. … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Used To or Use To?

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of people writing “use to” when they should have added the d to the end. I’ve even had this discussion with my own husband. Some people think the d is not used here because … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Your or You’re

I see this all the time. What’s more, I get it from my MS Word spell checker that invariably tells me I need to use the other one. It’s wrong! How they can program it wrong in Word is beyond … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They’re Not Letting Me Play with Their Toys Over There!

Ah. The they’re, their and there quandry. I used them all in the title of this post in their proper sense. Let’s take a look at each one, shall we? They’re This is a contraction of ‘they are.’ If you … Continue reading

Posted in grammar tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment